Flash flood death toll rises to 78, Sudan

Flash flood death toll rises to 78, Sudan

Severe rains continued to lash 16 out of 18 states in Sudan, increasing the death toll to 78, reports showed on September 6, 2019. Previous records on August 15, 2019, showed that the floodings resulted in at least 50 fatalities.

According to reports, it is confirmed that over 346 300 residents have been affected so far, while Deputy Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Ahmed Fadlallah reported new figures, saying that 4 707 animals drowned in the flood and 89 more people received injuries.

From a total of 9 260 damaged homes and buildings, the figures shoot up to 41 000 collapsed houses. From 120 public properties destroyed, the numbers rose to 184.

The worst-hit localities were El Gezira, El Gedaref, Kassala, Khartoum, Red Sea state, Sennar, and White Nile state.

The outbreak of water-borne illnesses is still at high risk due to stagnant waters especially in areas severely affected by floodings. This situation prompted an emergency situation for the victims who need immediate assistance with vital needs such as food, water, shelter, sanitation, and hygiene care.

Reports affirmed that government authorities and organizations are currently conducting emergency response, including the European Commission together with several DG ECHO partners.

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia also offered assistance, sending aircrafts carrying relief goods.

The plane from Kuwait brought 5 000 blankets, 200 000 boxes of food, and hygiene kits. "The aid will be sent directly to the affected areas to be delivered to the needy," Fadlallah added.

1 000 tents, 2 000 rugs, and pesticides were provided by Saudi Arabia, as well as medical supplies and 1 500 food baskets.

Featured image credit: ICRC

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