Official: Over 50 deaths from seasonal floods in Sudan

Since the start of the rainy season in Sudan, floods brought on by torrential rains have claimed the lives of more than 50 people and submerged over 8,170 dwellings, according to a top police officer on Saturday.

According to Brig. Gen. Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim, spokesman for Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defence, 19 fatalities have been reported in the province of North Kordofan, followed by seven fatalities in the province of Nile River. He stated that 16 fatalities were reported in the five province western Darfur region.

He did not specify the timing of the initial causality. In Sudan, the rainy season typically begins in June and lasts through September, with August and September seeing the worst flooding.

According to the nation’s state-run SUNA news agency, Abdul-Rahim claimed that at least 25 individuals had also been hurt so far this year.

According to Abdul-Rahim, the flooding and strong rains damaged at least 540 feddans (acres) of agricultural land around the nation in addition to flooding 16 government buildings and about 40 businesses.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, since May, excessive rains have affected 38,000 people in the nation of East Africa.

More than 80 people were killed by flooding and torrential rains last year, which also submerged tens of thousands of homes around the nation. Following 100 deaths from flooding and excessive rain in Sudan in 2020, authorities proclaimed the country to be in a state of emergency for three months.

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