An official said on Tuesday that heavy rains have continued to cause flash floods across Sudan. These floods have destroyed homes and killed 66 people since the rainy season began.
Since the rains first began in June, the authorities have estimated that at least fifty individuals have lost their lives as a result of the flooding. At least 28 people were hurt during the same time period, Brigadier General Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim, a spokesperson for Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defense, said on Tuesday.
According to what he indicated, approximately 24,000 private residences and twenty-dozen government facilities have been severely damaged or completely destroyed. Sudan hasn’t had a working government since a military coup in October ended the short-lived democratic transition that started after a popular revolt in 2019 got rid of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir.
The Humanitarian Aid Commission, which is run by the government, says that too much rain and flooding have hurt about 136,000 people in 12 of Sudan’s 18 provinces. These people are spread across the country. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the floodwaters also damaged or destroyed 238 health care facilities. According to what was found, some of the areas that were affected the most severely were the western part of Darfur as well as the provinces of Nile River, White Nile, West Kordofan, and South Kordofan.
During the past few weeks, video footage of flood waters pouring through streets and people frantically attempting to salvage their things has been circulating on the internet. The rainy season in Sudan typically begins in June and continues until the end of September, with the peak of the flooding occurring in the months of August and September. More than eighty people lost their lives as a result of flood-related incidents that occurred during the wet season last year.