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Two children die in eastern Sudan rains and floods

August 5 - 2018 KASSALA / KHARTOUM
Kassala after heavy rains, July 18, 2018 (RD)
Kassala after heavy rains, July 18, 2018 (RD)

At least two people died and others sustained injuries in Kassala due to torrential rains on Thursday evening. A large number of houses collapsed. The Teachers Committee in Khartoum demands the resignation of the state education minister after three girls died when a school wall collapsed in Omdurman on Wednesday.

Residents of Kassala town told Radio Dabanga that the heavy rains that lasted for more than four hours caused great damage.

The most affected districts are West Kassala and El Khatmiya. A small boy drowned in El Khatmiya, In Tarawa in West Kassala a girl died.

The sources attributed the floods to the authorities’ construction of two sandy checkpoints east of Kassala “under the pretext of combating smuggling”.

They praised various initiatives launched in other districts to provide aid and shelter to the affected.

Khartoum

Nine people have died in the Sudanese capital since the start of the rainy season in mid-June.

The Khartoum state Minister of Infrastructure, Khalid Kheir, told reporters on Thursday that apart from the three girls who were killed when a wall of their school collapsed in Omdurman on Wednesday, six other people died as a result of heavy rainfall. Dozens sustained injuries.

The Khartoum Teachers’ Committee of Khartoum State strongly condemned “the negligence” that led to the death of the girls.

In a statement on Friday, the teachers called for the resignation of the state Minister of Education and an investigation into the causes that led to the collapse of the wall.

Social network sites urge a thorough review of the private and government school buildings in the country.


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