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Floods claim 35 lives, destroy or damage 7 000 homes and leave widespread crop loss – Sudan

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20 more people lost their lives as severe flooding persists in Sudan, bringing the death toll to 35. Since late July, more than 7 000 houses have been damaged or destroyed due to heavy rains. 

Torrential rains struck across the nation on Sunday, killing at least 20 people while 13 others were wounded, the civil defense reported

The department added that the weekend rains also left about 345 houses partially or totally damaged. Since the rainy season began, there have been more than 7 000 damaged or destroyed residential properties.

Helicopters have been dispatched to eastern Sudan to provide supplies for flood victims. A group of miners was stranded in the area due to rising waters.

In the Northern State, the Nile inundated agricultural fields, lashing wide areas of farmland and threatening other crops.

Suheib Osman, a member of a Resistance Committee in Karma, said the ongoing floods may damage palm and fruit trees. Osman expects that farmers will lose a huge amount this year due to damaged crops, noting that this has been "the worst year in a long time".

Osman urged the state government to intervene promptly as the resistance committees have started counting losses.

Last week, the UN said flooding across Sudan has affected more than 50 000 people.

Featured image credit: Ajak G. Agoot

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