Sudan: 112 killed in flash floods

By Buhram Abdel-Men’em


KHARTOUM, Sudan (AA): Sudanese authorities on Sunday put the death toll from torrential rains and flash floods at 112 since June.

In a statement, the National Council for Civil Defense said 115 people were injured in addition to the collapse of 34,944 homes and the partial damage of 49,096 others.

Last month, Sudanese authorities declared a state of emergency in six states hardest-hit by the floods — Nile State, White Nile, West Kordofan, South Kordofan, South Darfur and Kassala.

Last week, the United Nations said nearly 250,000 Sudanese people have been affected by the floods and heavy rains in the country since June.

The floods have displaced thousands of people and destroyed homes, businesses and properties. The unprecedented heavy seasonal rains inundated at least 13 states across the country including Darfur, Khartoum, river Nile, Al Manaqil, Al Jazirah and North Kordofan. 

The rainy season in Sudan usually starts in June and lasts up to September, with the peak of rains and flooding observed between August and September.

Sudan has been without a functioning government since October 2021 when the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency, a move decried by political forces as a “military coup”.

*Writing by Ahmed Asmar

[Photo: View of the Sakir village after rains that killed dozens and destroyed thousands of homes in Gezira, Sudan on August 22, 2022. Photojournalist :Dirar Maad/AA]

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