Nearly 830 000 affected as Sudan faces ‘unprecedented challenges’ amid worst flood in century
Heavy rains and major floods continue to pose unprecedented challenges in disaster-stricken Sudan where 124 people have died and nearly 830 000 have been affected. Humanitarian workers are struggling as funds are running out, which are necessary to continue operations to assist flood victims.
Hundreds of thousands of houses have been damaged or destroyed, while wide swaths of farmland have been affected just before harvest.
Nearly 830 000 people have been affected as heavy rains and flooding were continuing to pose unprecedented challenges for the victims, and the funding to respond is extremely low.
The country, which is gripped by multiple crises, including the COVID-19 outbreak, polio, and armed conflict, only received 15 percent of the 110 million dollar budget necessary for healthcare needs, and only 22 percent of the requested 71.6 million dollar budget for water and hygiene.
"Aid organizations are running out of support and more funding is urgently needed," said UN OCHA.
“The floods came at night. The water was flowing into my shelter and I could not sleep”
A South Sudanese refugee in Khartoum, 80-year-old Bak was taken by surprise when #SudanFloods wreaked havoc across Sudan
Full story: https://t.co/u7YgPVl2CD @SC_inSudan pic.twitter.com/wn2g2gpmyM
— UNHCR in Sudan (@UNHCRinSudan) September 24, 2020
The number of people affected by Sudan’s worst flooding of the last decades continues to increase.
Nearly 830,000 people have had their houses destroyed or damaged & over 120 died, according to the Government.
Funding to respond is extremely low.
More: https://t.co/cPNL4YdofA pic.twitter.com/6xXQBwzy8Q
— UN OCHA Sudan (@UNOCHA_Sudan) September 24, 2020
Earlier in September, Sudan has declared a state of emergency for three months due to the catastrophic flooding across 16 states, which has killed 124 people.
The Blue Nile River has reached more than 17 m (56 feet), the worst in nearly a century, according to the Sudanese Ministry of Irrigation.
This is heartbreaking —flood is washing away this beautiful city! pic.twitter.com/eNMDAUHAU3
— ɱuรtɑpɦɑ ɦɑʝʝi (@desert____lion) September 12, 2020
Many volunteer teams in the country have been involved to help alleviate the damage, including trying to set up barriers between rivers and villages, as well as providing medical help to those injured.
Volunteer groups also sprayed disinfectants to kill mosquito larvae as water-borne diseases rapidly increased since the floods.
UN OCHA warned that the situation could further worsen in the coming days as more rains are forecast across Eastern Africa.
#KSrelief continues to support the victims of the floods in #Sudan with the distribution of 400 tents and shelter aid, in addition to nutrition and food supply to multiples areas. pic.twitter.com/jwCXA7cNFv
— KSrelief (@KSRelief_EN) September 19, 2020
Aerial view of #Ganyiel, Panyijiar County where homes and livelihoods have been submerged under water due to intense flooding that has displaced nearly 34k people in the County.
Today, @IOMSouthSudan joined a visit to the area to meet with flood-affected communities. pic.twitter.com/pGN9bpnPod
— IOM South Sudan (@IOMSouthSudan) September 24, 2020
Featured image credit: Global News/YouTube
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