A police officer said floods triggered by the seasonal torrential rains in Sudan have killed more than 80 people and damaged or destroyed some 35,000 homes since July
CAIRO – Floods triggered by the seasonal torrential rains in Sudan have claimed more than 80 lives and damaged or destroyed some 35,000 homes since July, a senior police official said on Monday.
The floods have left 84 people dead and 67 injured since the start of the rainy season, the police sergeant said. General Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim, spokesperson for the Sudanese National Council for Civil Defense.
Fourteen of Sudan’s 18 provinces were affected by the rains, which demolished more than 8,000 homes and damaged at least 27,000 others, Abdul-Rahim said. The eastern provinces of the Nile and Al-Qadarif were the hardest hit, he said.
Abdul-Rahim said those who lost their homes were taken to shelters near their neighborhoods, where they received humanitarian aid from local non-governmental organizations.
The UN has complained that the response to flooding in some affected areas has been delayed despite the growing number of people affected.
The Sudan Humanitarian Fund, a multi-donor fund managed by the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs, has allocated $ 7.7 million to 14 NGOs in 15 provinces for a rapid humanitarian response, according to a statement released Thursday by the ‘UNOCHA. An additional $ 7 million has been allocated to four United Nations agencies for the purchase of emergency stocks.
Last year, Sudanese authorities declared the country a natural disaster zone and imposed a three-month state of emergency across the country after floods and heavy rains killed around 100 people and inundated more than 100,000 houses.