ACTNews, SHENDI – In September, heavy and relentless rain has caused flooding in 16 states in Sudan, with the Blue Nile River reaching unprecedented water levels. Some 700,000 people are in crisis. The flood submerged over 36 counties in Sudan, drowning fields, villages, homes, farmsteads, killing livestock and putting an end to livelihoods. Over 5.5 million people in Sudan need humanitarian assistance, according to World Food Program (WFP).
Responding to this disaster, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) distributed humanitarian aid to the Sudanese in the second week of October with the help of ten local volunteers. The aid distribution took place in Shendi, where food packages were provided for 240 families. Each food package contains about 30 kilograms of foodstuffs and mosquito nets.
Andi Noor Faradiba from ACT’s Global Humanity Response reported that food had been the locals’ most urgent need because the floods also destroyed farmlands. "The flood damages not only houses but also agricultural lands,” said Faradiba, Sunday (10/18).
In Shendi, 80 hectares of fruit and vegetable plantations were damaged and 400 houses were hit by the floods. Therefore, in addition to food, the locals also urgently need house repair assistance.
Ahmed Abdulaziz Ali (81), a local farmer in Shendi expressed his gratitude for the assistance distributed by ACT. Ahmed also hoped that there are generous donors who will support them in rebuilding their houses that are damaged by the floods. The strong water current and the high water level had made many houses no longer suitable to live in.
The Sudanese hope that the generous will not live them in such a dire condition. ACT is opening an opportunity for those who want to donate to assist the Sudanese through Indonesia Dermawan website. The campaign will last for the next 73 days.