Over 70 people killed in Sudan floods

Sudanese men walk in flood water, as a result of flooding and torrential rain, in the town of Osaylat, 50 km southeast of the capital Khartoum, on August 6, 2020. (AFP)

Sudan on Friday said floods caused by torrential rains have killed 72 people since late July, with thousands left homeless by the storms.

Over 17,000 homes and 129 public buildings have been destroyed, Sudan’s civil defense organization calculates, according to a statement.

Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan from June to October, and the country faces severe flooding every year.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that over 263,000 people have been affected by the floods, across 17 of the country’s 18 states.

Storms and floods are “causing loss of lives, damage to houses, schools, water points, and other key infrastructure,” OCHA said in a statement.

West Kordofan in the country’s south and Kassala state in the east are among the hardest-hit areas.

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Last Update: Friday, 21 August 2020 KSA 18:43 - GMT 15:43
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