7 out of 18 states affected by the flash floods with more than 35,000 homes destroyed in Sudan according to Govt. reports.
Reports coming out of the Ministry of Health states that more than 100 people have been severely injured with thousands been displaced so far by the flooding along with the rising death toll, which has affected several hundred villages. In total, 17 out of 18 states have been affected, destroying more than 35,000 homes, state news agency SUNA said.
Heavy rainfall caused the flash floods and the regions along the Nile river have been affected the highest, with most of the damages inflicted in poor neighborhoods, where basic services such as clean water, electricity supply have been hit.
Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan reported from the capital Khartoum saying, ” Flash floods have not only destroyed homes, but they have also turned roads into rivers cutting off outside help”.
“Because it can take days, sometimes weeks, before they can dry out, there is a fear the flood will bring diseases,” she said.
The United Nations on Friday released a statement saying up to 200,000 people were affected by the flash floods, adding more rainfall in the forecast.
UN OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke later said in a statement,” The affected people are in need of emergency shelter, food, health services, and sanitation. There’s also an urgent need for vector control to limit the spread of waterborne diseases by insects, drainage of stagnant water.”