An estimated 38,000 people have been affected by heavy rains in Sudan
More than 8170 houses have been submerged due to floods
The rainy season in Sudan usually starts in June
Cairo. More than 50 people have died and more than 8,170 homes have been submerged in floods triggered by torrential rains in Sudan. A senior police officer gave this information on Saturday. Brigadier General Abdul-Jalil Abdul Rahim, spokesman for Sudan’s National Civil Defense Council, said 19 people were killed in northern Kordofan province, followed by seven in Nile province. He said 16 people died in the West Darfur region, which has five provinces. He did not say when the first incident happened. Sudan’s rainy season usually begins in June and lasts until September, with floods peaking in August and September.
Last year 80 people died in floods
According to the country’s official ‘Suna’ news agency, Abdul Rahim said that at least 25 people have been injured so far this year. Abdul Rahim said that 16 government centers and around 40 shops were submerged and at least 540 fedan (acres) of farmland across the country were damaged due to floods and heavy rains. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said an estimated 38,000 people have been affected by heavy rains in the East African country since May. Last year, floods and heavy rains killed more than 80 people and washed away thousands of homes across the country.
Emergency for three months
Authorities declared Sudan a natural disaster area in 2020 and imposed a state of emergency for three months across the country after floods and heavy rains killed nearly 100 people and 100,000 (one million) in flood-related incidents. . More than 100 houses were submerged.
First Published: 14 August 2022, 09:26 IST