Severe Floods Damage Thousands of Houses in Sudan

This week, endless torrential rains caused severe floods in several cities in Sudan. Approximately, more than 12,000 citizens in eight states are affected. Over 800 homes have reportedly been destroyed and over 4,400 homes damaged.

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Illustration. In 2020, severe floods hit several cities in Sudan. (AFP/Mazen Mahdi)

ACTNews, SUDAN – This week, endless torrential rains caused severe floods in several cities in Sudan. The floods have caused damages to many properties and public infrastructures in the country with the Muslim majority.

According to OCHA, The United Nations’s humanitarian agency, the floods so far have affected eight out of 18 states across the country, affecting over 12,200 people. Homes, infrastructure, and farmland have been either damaged or destroyed. Over 800 homes have reportedly been destroyed and over 4,400 homes damaged.

Floods are reported to have started to occur since the end of last July when rainfall began to increase. Sudan's Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources said that the flow of water in the Blue Nile rose from 100 million cubic meters to 400 million cubic meters.

“Intense and unrelenting for two years, the flooding is seriously degrading the ability of the people to cope and survive. Tens of thousands of people have been impacted,” Arafat Jamal, the Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in South Sudan, said.

Last year, heavy rains forced Sudan to declare a three-month state of emergency, after flooding affected at least 650,000 people, with more than 110,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

At that time, ACT distributed assistance to the Sudanese affected by the floods. Hundreds of food packages were delivered to people in the Shendi area. In addition, ACT team assisted by the local volunteers also distributed mosquito nets to help the survivors rest more comfortably.

Andi Noor Faradiba from ACT’s Global Humanity Response said that food is currently the most urgent need for the flood’s survivors in Sudan. “Therefore, hopefully, there will be more donations from Indonesian people to our brothers and sisters in Sudan who are currently facing the disaster,” said Faradiba, Monday (8/9/2021).[]