Flooding in Sudan kills at least 52, thousands of homes destroyed

Flooding in Sudan kills at least 52, thousands of homes destroyed

 

Flooding caused by torrential rains in Sudan have killed at least 52 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

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Heavy rains typically fall in Sudan between May and October, causing severe floods that destroys buildings, infrastructure, and crops every year, according to officials.

Spokesman for Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defense, Abdel Jalil Abdelreheem, said 5,345 houses had been destroyed and 2,862 damaged across Sudan. Other public facilities, shops, and agricultural lands were also damaged.

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North and South Kordofan states, River Nile state, and South Darfur were among the most affected across Sudan, he said.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated in a Monday report that rainfall and floods had affected roughly 38,000 people across Sudan since the start of the rainy season.

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According to OCHA, around 314,500 people were affected in Sudan during the rainy season of 2021.

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