UN: More than half a million Sudanese were affected by the floods

Friday 11th September 2020 - 13:57

UN: More than half a million Sudanese were affected by the floods

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 The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs announced that more than half a million Sudanese have been affected by the floods caused by torrential rains that have raised the water levels of the Nile River to record levels.

 "As of Tuesday, the number of affected people by the floods reached 557,130 people in 17 of Sudan's 18 states," the OSHA office said in a statement, noting that "the most affected areas are Khartoum, North Darfur (West) and Sennar (East)."

 The statement added that the number of houses destroyed or damaged by the floods reached 111,426.

 The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has warned that the torrential rains that have fallen on Sudan since the end of July increase the risk of outbreaks of several diseases and impede efforts to contain the Corona virus.

 "The sanitation system in Sudan is very fragile, and the stagnant water in many places creates ideal conditions for outbreaks of waterborne diseases and others transmitted by vectors such as cholera, dengue fever, Rift Valley fever and Chikungunya," the statement said.

 And the Sudanese Civil Defense announced that 103 people were killed and dozens of others injured as a result of the floods, which also damaged large areas of agricultural land.

 The level of the Nile River rose to 17.62 meters, an unprecedented level since the river was monitored more than a hundred years ago.

 

 Source: RT