State of emergency declared after deadly floods hit Sudan

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State of emergency declared after deadly floods hit Sudan - We The World Magazine
Devastaing floods have caused widespread damage to Sundan's fragile economy (Image courtesy of @AfricaFactsZone via Twitter)

Sudanese authorities have declared a state of national emergency after deadly floods took over 100 lives, inundated 100,000 homes since heavy downpours battered the region from late-July.

A three-month national emergency was declared in the area after rising floodwaters of the Nile broke banks, owing to the heavy rainfall that hit the North African region for months.

State of emergency declared after deadly floods hit Sudan (Image courtesy @AfricaFactsZone via Twitter)

Seasonal heavy rain lashed out the neighboring Ethiopian region, which caused the river Nile to swelled up by 17.5 meters in late August, the highest level it has reached in about a century, Sudanese Irrigation Ministry said, PTI reported.

The state of national emergency was declared late on Friday after the country’s security and defense councils met.

According to the top government officials, the swell in the Blue Nile in 1988 destroyed the livelihoods of over a million people while shattering tens of thousands of homes. This time, the water levels went beyond that level.

According to reports, the flood killed some 100 people, while injuring at least 46 while affecting tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people.

UN humanitarian agency has warned in the coming weeks, the situation can further deteriorate., thanks to the above-average rainfalls until the end of September.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the Nile floods in Sudan (Image courtesy @AfricaFactsZone via Twitter)

As per Worldometer data, Sudan has recorded 13,189 cases of the novel coronavirus along with 823 deaths. One of the poorest countries in the world, the floods will invariably incur huge pressure in the economy, already battered by the pandemic.

According to reports, some 2k plus health care facilities and 40 plus school infrastructures were damaged in the floods so far across the country.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported some 2000 water sources have been contaminated by the floods, undermining the grave importance of access to fresh water at the time of a pandemic.