United Nations: Heavy rains, flash floods cause severe damage in Sudan

The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has stated that hundreds of houses have been destroyed and vital infrastructure damaged due to riverine and flash floods after heavy rains across large parts of Sudan.

On August 3, the OCHA issued an update stating Khartoum, Blue Nile and River Nile states are among the hardest-hit, while damage has also been reported in El Gezira, West Kordofan and South Darfur regions.

The OCHA reported, “According to preliminary information from local authorities, several hectares of crops might have been lost and over 150 livestock washed away, increasing the risk of heightened food insecurity in the months ahead.”

There are heightened fears that the situation could worsen in the days to come, with higher-than-average rainfall forecast throughout August in at least three quarters of the country.

It has added that more than 1,200 houses have been damaged or destroyed, and several hundred people rendered homeless.

The collapse of the Bout Earth Dam in Blue Nile state, after it exceeded its full capacity, risks compromising access to water for over 84,000 people living in its vicinity, said OCHA.

The heavy rainfall augments the risk of the global coronavirus pandemic several folds. The flash floods and on-going rain could pose obstacles to efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

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