UN: 426,000 Sudanese Face Humanitarian Crisis Following Flash Floods

Due to severe floods in Sudan, the UN states that 426,000 Sudan residents and IDPs urgently need humanitarian aid.

Sudan flood.
Floods cause hundreds of thousands of Sudan residents and IDPs to face a humanitarian crisis. (AFP/Peter Louis)

ACTNews, SUDAN – Heavy rain in Sudan have caused severe floods to several regions of Sudan. Based on the UN, floods affect about 426,000 people to be displaced and exacerbating the swelling humanitarian needs in Sudan.

In Sudan, thousands of IDPs were relocated to different camps, while others took shelter in villages that were spared, but many are now living on the streets.

“Now, they have become homeless, we are facing a serious challenge of finding new land to relocate them,” said Ibrahim Mohamed, a senior official at Sudan’s refugee commission.

In 2021 alone, local authorities said that floods have killed more than 80 people nationwide and damaged or destroyed about 35,000 homes. In the al-Jabalain district of Sudan’s White Nile state, neither villagers nor refugees were prepared for the inundation.

“Villagers say they have not witnessed such floods in 40 years,” said Anwar Abushura, the head of al-Qanaa camp.

Torrential rains annually pummel the 924 square kilometers wide country between June and October, often leaving the country grappling with severe flooding that wrecks properties, infrastructure, and crops. Last year, Sudan declared a three-month state of emergency due to flooding.

ACT also had delivered assistance last year. Hundreds of food packages were distributed to people affected by floods in the area of Shendi. In addition to food packages, ACT team who was assisted by the local volunteers also provided mosquito nets so they could rest comfortably.

Andi Noor Faradiba from ACT’s Global Humanity Response says that food aid becomes one of the urgent needs for the Sudanese. “Hopefully, there will be more donations from Indonesian benefactors to assist Sudanese people who are currently in despair,” said Faradiba, Monday (10/4/2021).[]