Heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan

تم النشر: 13 أغسطس 2014 20:00 CET

Heavy rains and flash floods have affected nearly 170,000 people in Khartoum, Kassala, Gezira, Northern, Sennar, North Kordufan, South Kordofan, River Nile, West Darfur and White Nile states in Sudan. 14 people have died and a further 80 injured. Over 28,000 houses have been destroyed, with 2,950 latrines ruined.  

Alnour Esmaiel, 45, from Gadain area in Khartoum State says he has lost everything. “My house is completely destroyed. I need shelter. The Sudanese Red Crescent has provided me with one tarpaulin, but this is insufficient for my family of two wives and eight children aged between 18 and 2 years,” he says.

The Sudanese Red Crescent has mobilized over 1,300 volunteers from all its branches to evacuate flood victims, offer first aid services and carry out assessments in the affected areas. So far the society has distributed food, household items and shelter materials from its own stocks, as well as distributed additional items in collaboration with its partners.

Aida Sayied, Sudanese Red Crescent’s health director, says the society’s staff and volunteers are working to support those affected by the floods. “We have opened a clinic in Gadain area of Khartoum State and we have been providing medicine. Unfortunately stocks ran out after one day,” he says. “We urgently need medicine to cater for patients coming in for treatment.”

The Sudanese Red Crescent is monitoring the situation closely in coordination with the government and other partners providing humanitarian assistance to the flood-affected people.

According to reports from the emergency teams, those affected are in urgent need for shelter, food, household items, health services, and water and sanitation facilities to prevent the outbreak of diseases.