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Sudan floods: state of emergency declared

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Sudanese government has declared a national state of emergency for three months and announced the country a natural disaster zone after floods that have sofar killed dozens of people.

Sudan’s minister of labour and social development, Lena el-Sheikh said in addition to 99 deaths, floods this year have injured 46 people, inflicted more than half a million people and caused the total and partial collapse of more than 100,000 homes.

Comparing to the 1946 and 1988 floods, this year has has the highest record exceeded both the previous flood records in the country, with expectations of continued rising indicators, where at least half a million people have been forced out of their homes as a result of the major rise in the Nile’s water levels.

Alwaly Abdeljaleel, a Um Dom resident, said: “People have taken their properties and left their homes. We have houses that have been partially destroyed and houses that have completely collapsed.”

Sudan’s rainy season begins in June and continues through to October, which means the country experiences floods and torrential rains annually.

“But this year we’ve seen an increase in the amount of rainfall because of climate change and so the Nile has flooded more than before. In addition, a lot of trees have been cut down to make place for residential areas near the Nile, affecting the valleys where the water would flow through.” Marwa Taha, a climate change expert.

The water level in the Blue Nile rose to a record 17.58 metres during the current floods.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News

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