Entire villages flooded in eastern Sudan
During the past weeks, torrential rains and floods have cut off a number of villages in eastern Sudan.
Ibrahim El Amin Mohamed Nur, leader of the National Umma Party in Kassala State, told Radio Dabanga on Friday that the situation in the area of the El Gash river is “disastrous”.
Nur said that the number of deaths and missing people can not be defined, as “no one has access to the villages flooded by the river in Aroma”.
The opposition leader strongly denounced “the disability of the authorities to intervene. Kassala State does not have any possibilities to help their citizens”. He appealed to relief organisations instead “to provide a helping hand to the victims in the El Gash delta”.
Extensive flooding has blocked the roads between the capital of Ed Damazine and Roseires in the northern parts of Blue Nile State.
An activist told Radio Dabanga from Roseires that the villages in the area cannot be reached any more. “The people there are suffering tremendously from a lack of drinking water and food.”
The El Gezira Emergency Chamber reported on Friday that as a result of heavy rainfall this season in several parts of the state, at least ten people drowned, and more than 500 homes collapsed so far.
Flooding usually occurs during the rainy season in Sudan, which is from June to October.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in its latest weekly bulletin that an estimated 42,850 people have been affected so far, according to the Government of Sudan, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), and partners. About 8,570 houses have been damaged, of which 4,308 were completely destroyed.
Government-led response is ongoing at the national level by the National Flood Steering Committee which is comprised of the Humanitarian Aid Commission, Civil Defence, and SRCS, and is supported by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
At the state level, governmental Emergency Committees are finalising flood contingency plans and responding through line ministries and national NGOs. Support from international humanitarian actors is being provided in some states including North Darfur and West Kordofan.
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