The United Nations announced, on Thursday, that the number of people affected by torrential rains in Sudan has risen to about 288,000 since the start of the rainy season in the country last June.
The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report, seen by The Eastern Herald, that “the number of people affected by floods and rains in Sudan has risen to 288,000.”
The report added that 56,700 houses have partially or completely collapsed in 13 states (out of 18 in the country) since the beginning of the rainy season, including 13,000 houses that were completely damaged, and 43,700 partially damaged, as well as damage to a number of infrastructure and agricultural lands.
He pointed out that “the Sudanese government and humanitarian partners are providing life-saving aid to people affected by the floods and rains.”
According to the UN office, initial reports indicate that more than 94 thousand people have been affected in the Goli and Al-Jabaline areas in the White Nile state (south).
And Abizaid: “There are between 12 to 16 thousand people stranded by torrential waters and floods and need urgent evacuation to higher areas.”
In the latest report provided by the United Nations on September 9, it was announced that more than 102,000 people were affected by torrential rains and floods, and 20,400 homes collapsed completely and partially.
On Tuesday, the Sudanese authorities announced that the number of victims of torrential rains and floods had risen to 84, with 67 injured.
These difficult conditions come amid repeated Sudanese appeals to international relief organizations to provide support to those affected and mitigate the impact of this crisis.
The autumn rainy season in Sudan lasts from June to October annually, during which it usually rains heavily, causing floods and torrential rains.