43 dead, 3,800 homes destroyed by heavy rains and flooding in Sudan

Sudan’s National Civil Defense Council reports that at least 43 people have died and 3,838 homes have been destroyed and another 8,514 damaged in torrential rains and floods that have hit the country since late July 2021, when the rainy season began.

More than 60,000 people in the states of North, River Nile, Khartoum, Al Jazeera, Gedaref, Sennar, Blue Nile, White Nile, South Kordofan, South Darfur, West Darfur, and North Kordofan were affected by the floods.1

River Nile State was the hardest hit, with more than 27,000 people affected, including 20,000 in Barbara, where floods destroyed 1,738 homes.

Up to 7,710 people were affected in Al Fao, where 528 homes were destroyed.

Water levels in the Nile River exceeded the danger mark in several places in the country.

As of August 22, the water level in the river exceeded the danger mark by 16.12 m (52.8 ft.) in Atbar, 17.86 m (58.5 ft.) in Shandi and 17.06 m (55.9 ft.) in the capital Khartoum.

According to ICPAC, heavy to very heavy rains are expected in northern Ethiopia, western Eritrea and southern Sudan before the end of the month. Authorities and the population are advised to take appropriate measures to protect lives and livelihoods.

Heavy to very heavy rains (10 to 5% of record) are expected in regions of southern Sudan (parts of White Nile, Sennar, Gedaref, Kordofan and Darfur states), western and northern Ethiopia (parts of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and Benishangul Gumuz) and western Eritrea. In these regions, total precipitation is predicted to be over 100 mm (4 in).

Moderate precipitation of 50 to 100 mm (2 to 4 inches) is expected in southern Sudan, northern South Sudan, central and western Ethiopia, and limited areas of Gash Barka and Debub in Eritrea.

Light rainfall of less than 30 mm (1.2 inches) is expected over parts of central Sudan, western South Sudan, northern Uganda, parts of western and coastal Kenya, northern and southern Somalia, and coastal Tanzania.

Dry conditions are expected in Rwanda, Burundi, most of Tanzania, most of Kenya, central Somalia, southern Ethiopia, southern Uganda, southeastern southern Sudan and northern Sudan.

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