Heavy rains, floods claim 54 lives, affect over 190,000 in Sudan: UN

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-23 19:29:18|Editor: xuxin
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GENEVA, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rains and flash floods hitting Sudan have led to the deaths of some 54 people and nearly 194,000 people have been affected across the country, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Friday.

Citing Sudan's Humanitarian Aid Commission, OCHA Geneva spokesperson Jens Laerke said that the deaths are mainly due to collapsed roofs and electrocution.

"More than 37,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, and with the rainy season expected to last until October, and more rainfall in the forecast, humanitarians are concerned by the high likelihood of more flash floods," said the spokesperson.

The worst affected state is the White Nile in the country's south, with more than 66,000 people impacted and over 13,000 houses destroyed or damaged.

In total, 15 of Sudan's 18 states have been hit, and reports from government authorities and humanitarian partners indicate that people urgently need emergency shelter, food, health services, and clean water and sanitation, said OCHA.

"There's also need for vector control to limit the spread of water-borne diseases by insects and drainage of stagnant water," said Laerke.

Crucial infrastructures such as water points, schools, and latrines have been damaged.

Some roads have become impassable, cutting off entire villages and communities, especially in the worst-affected White Nile, but also in Kassala, Khartoum and Gedaref States, said OCHA.