Sudan Floods Emergency Campaign 2018
Heavy rains and floods have killed 10 people in different areas in Sudan, Sudan Tribune reported. It cited eyewitnesses as saying that the heavy rains and floods led to collapse of around 1,500 to 2,000 houses in the town.
At least seven people have been killed and three others reported missing in the northern and north-eastern neighbourhoods of the town of Al-Nuhood (West Kordofan state), where between 1500 to 2000 houses were destroyed. In North Kordofan, flood waters has reportedly blocked the main road linking the state with the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
Furthermore, in the town of Kassala (Kassala state; eastern Sudan), flooding was reported in several neighbourhoods on Monday, killing three people and destroying at least 500 houses. Heavy rain and associated traffic disruptions were also reported in Khartoum state on Tuesday.
In Sudan, the rainy season typically lasts from June to September/October, and often leads to widespread and persistent flooding. Sudan also suffers from underdeveloped infrastructure, especially in rural areas, which makes it harder to respond to natural disasters effectively.
However, Sudan’s Ashorooq net quoted director of civil defence of West Kordofan State, Zahir Al-Sharif Abu Kalam, as saying
“that the rains and flood also caused damage to 2,500 houses, while parts of some institutions and schools collapsed”
In the meantime, in Eastern Sudan, according to Sudan Tribune, Osama Saeed of the opposition Beja Congress urged for launching an appeal of relief for Kassala town after floods hit several neighbourhoods in the town on Monday.
The early warning unit of Sudan’s Meteorological Authority has warned of medium to heavy rains with strong winds that may hit, Kassala, Geddarif, Khartoum, Nahral-Neel, Sinnar, Gezira, White Nile, Kordofan and Darfur states.