Floods in Sudan damage thousands of homes – .

Floods in Sudan damage thousands of homes – .

Khartoum (AFP)

Thousands of homes were damaged in Sudan after torrential rains caused heavy flooding, with many streets in the capital Khartoum underwater, AFP correspondents said on Sunday.

Heavy rains typically fall in Sudan from June to October, and the country faces severe flooding every year, destroying property, infrastructure and crops.

In Atbara, a town in northeastern Sudan, the state-run SUNA news agency reported that a number of houses had “collapsed” due to heavy rains.

On Thursday, the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA, said some 12,000 people in eight of the country’s 18 states had been affected.

“More than 800 houses were reportedly destroyed and more than 4,400 houses damaged,” the UN said.

Heavy rains last year forced Sudan to declare a three-month state of emergency after flooding affected at least 650,000 people, with more than 110,000 homes damaged or destroyed.

In 2020, floodwaters from the Blue Nile – which joins the White Nile in the Sudanese capital Khartoum – caused the river to swell to its highest level since records began more than a century ago.


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