Floods cause catastrophic devastation in Sudan

Severe floods that hit southern White Nile state affected 53 villages or more than 61,000 people, including 35,000 South Sudanese refugees in the Alghanaa region.

Local authorities said the floods have caused “catastrophic devastation” since the beginning of the week.

The main current of the Nile near Atbara has risen since yesterday, but at this point it is still almost 1 meter (3.3 feet) below the level of the 2020 flood.

The humanitarian situation is described as “catastrophic and beyond the capacity of the settlement.”

Al-Jabalain locality executive director Al-Walid Amir Bahar said that more than 53 villages and herding settlements in the southern part of Jouda are in dire straits due to heavy rains and floods that have caused buildings to collapse, damage to farmland and loss of livestock.

Al-Waleed noted that the local administration has mobilized all human and material resources to evacuate families surrounded by flood waters.

Moreover, the head of the executive authority of the locality assured that convoys with humanitarian aid from the Zakat House, UNHCR and SRCS are on their way to the flooded area to help the affected families.

Sudan’s National Civil Defense Council reported Aug. 24 that at least 43 people were killed, 3,838 homes were destroyed and another 8,514 damaged by torrential rains and floods that have hit the country since late July 2021, when the rainy season began.

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