Sudan floods leave nearly 80 dead and more than 35,000 homes destroyed

At least 79 people have already died as a result of floods caused by torrential rains that have been lashing Sudan for days, especially in the state of Gezira, in the southeast of the country.

Sudan’s National Civil Defense Council has also confirmed, according to the new balance sheet published Saturday by the Al Arabiya channel, the total or partial destruction of more than 35,000 homes.

Similarly, the floods have swept away more than 1,400 agricultural hectares, 33 farms and drowned more than 100 head of livestock.

The state authorities have launched a relief appeal to humanitarian organizations and the Sudanese central government with the aim of providing the necessary support to deal with the situation.

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According to United Nations estimates, 38,000 people have been affected by floods in Sudan since the start of this year’s rainy season, which is usually dated between the months of May and October.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that 314,500 people were affected by the rains last season.

Sudanese authorities were forced to declare a state of national emergency for a period of three months in 2020 because of torrential rains, which affected more than 650,000 people and destroyed, in whole or in part, more than 110,000 houses.

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