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Rains damage more than 1,500 homes in Darfur camps

August 5 - 2015 ZALINGEI / SIRBA
Kalma camp in south Darfur after heavy rains, 18 July 2015 (RD)
Kalma camp in south Darfur after heavy rains, 18 July 2015 (RD)

Darfur was hit by heavy rainfall on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. On Monday, heavy downpours that lasted two and a half hours destroyed more than 500 shelters and damaged about 1,000 others at the camps for the displaced in Zalingei locality. In the Sirba camps in West Darfur at least 150 homes collapsed.

“Also more than 200 latrines were flooded in the Hamidiya, Khamsa Degaig, Teiba, Hassahissa, and El Salam camps, the coordinator of the Central Darfur camps told Radio Dabanga.

“The people would have had difficulty to go to the latrines anyhow, as most of the streets in the camps are cut by the floods,” he said.

He added that emergency teams have been set up in the camps which are conducting an inventory of the damage.


In West Darfur’s Sirba camp more than 150 homes were destroyed by the rains.

The coordinator of Sirba camps told Radio Dabanga that four classrooms of a basic school collapsed too.

Both coordinators appealed via Radio Dabanga to aid organisations to intervene, identify the needs of the affected, and provide assistance.


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