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Torrential rains destroy more than 200 schools in Sudan

August 3 - 2018 KHARTOUM / KASSALA / EN NAHUD
Torrential rains destroyed about 2,500 houses in En Nahud, West Kordofan, on July 23, 2018 (RD)
Torrential rains destroyed about 2,500 houses in En Nahud, West Kordofan, on July 23, 2018 (RD)

The heavy rainfall in Sudan in the past weeks has caused the collapse of hundreds of homes and at least 211 school buildings. In eastern Sudan’s Kassala, rains and floods not only destroyed dozens of houses, but also a large number of crops. People in West Kordofan fear the spread of diseases.

The spokesman for the Cabinet, Dr Omar Saleh, said in a press statement on Thursday that the rainfall during the past two months has been higher than expected. He confirmed that apart from hundreds of homes, dozens of schools collapsed, in particular in West Kordofan and Kassala.

In Atbara River locality in Kassala, torrential rains destroyed 109 houses in villages south of Aliu. A desperate farmer told Radio Dabanga that 125 farms planted with sorghum, beans, and cotton were flooded.

He criticised the locality’s administration and the state government “for not caring about the affected and providing aid”.

People in En Nahud in West Kordofan, where flash floods destroyed a large number of houses on July 23, fear the spread of watery diarrhoea (suspected to be cholera) and other epidemics.

A listener said that hundreds of people are still living in the open, and appealed to the authorities “to provide relief, decent sanitation, and “pumps to remove the water from the many, many ponds in the town”.


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