Sudan: Floods displace hundreds of thousands of people

Sudan: Reports indicate at least 136,000 people have been displaced so far due to the floods in Sudan, 1200 schools have been destroyed, and heavy rainfall reports across the country are predicted for the entire coming week on most of the country, so there is no sign of things getting better soon.

Sudan: Reports indicate at least 136,000 people have been displaced so far due to the floods in Sudan, 1200 schools have been destroyed, and heavy rainfall reports across the country are predicted for the entire coming week on most of the country, so there is no sign of things getting better soon.

Yesterday, 134 people were killed, and destroyed tens of thousands of homes were in the northeast African country’s ongoing wet season, police said.

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According to National Council for Civil Defence, Thursday’s floods killed at least 134 people, left 120 others injured, and damaged and destroyed more than 128,000 homes in this rainy season.


 

 


Usually, heavy rains fall between May and October in Sudan, which faces severe flooding yearly, wrecking property, infrastructure and crops.

Water can engulf villages and roads in footage of the aired on state television.

People are wandering for shelter and adjusted in tents which are made from tattered fabrics after the flood water washed away mud-brick homes.

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In August, the Sudan government also declared a state of emergency due to flooding in six of Sudan’s 18 states.


 

 


This season’s death toll has risen from 112 given earlier this month.

As per the latest figures, this year, the highest number of casualties occurred in the central state of North Kordofan, and the largest number of home collapses were recorded in the southern White Nile state.

So far, the main causes of death were collapsing homes, drowning and electrocution.

Even hospitals are also heavily damaged due to flooding in a village in the eastern state of Kassala.

The eastern states of Gedaref and Kassala, North and South Kordofan state, River Nile state, and the region of Darfur were among the worst affected, according to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

UN also warned that this year’s flooding could affect more than 460,000 people so far, which is more than the regular 388.600 people suffered annually between 2017 and 2021.

The disaster comes as Sudan reels from deepening political unrest and a spiralling economic crisis exacerbated by last year’s military coup.