Sudan floods worst in 25 years

2013-08-22 21:01

(AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Khartoum - More than 300 000 people across Sudan have been affected by floods which killed almost 50 people this month, the UN's World Health Organisation said in a statement.

The region around the capital Khartoum has been particularly hard-hit, where the inundation was the worst in 25 years, the UN says.

"Heavy rains and floods in Sudan have affected lives and properties of some 65 957 families or 320 000 people," WHO said in a report.

As of Wednesday, 48 people had been killed and 70 injured, while property damage has been reported in 14 of the country's 18 states, WHO said.

Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamed gave a higher death toll of 53 last week.

The WHO said one of the major health concerns was the collapse of almost 53 000 latrines.

In addition to damage from the flash floods which struck urban neighbourhoods this month, the Blue Nile river in Khartoum has risen.

AFP reporters on Thursday saw the river had washed over about one kilometre of farmland in the east of the city, but a sand berm appeared to have been erected in an effort to block further intrusion.

"This is a huge disaster," Mark Cutts, who heads the UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan, said last week.

He said the UN is ready to support the government to help those affected by the floods, even though UN humanitarian operations in Sudan "have been severely underfunded" in 2013.

Aid workers were also assisting hundreds of thousands displaced this year by worsening fighting in the western Darfur region.

More than one million more have been uprooted or severely affected by war in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Foreign aid to assist flood victims has flown in from Morocco, Qatar, Ethiopia and Egypt, according to official media.

Read more on:    unhcr  |  sudan  |  east africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.