Families struggle as heavy rain, more floods expected in Sudan

Thousands of people continue to live under the threat of incoming heavy rain and further flooding in parts of Sudan, months after floods ravaged nearly all of the country’s states.

Since July, at least 115 people have been killed in the aftermath of days of torrential rains that brought record-breaking flash floods.

The African nation through which the Nile river flows is in the middle of its rainy season, which lasts from June to October.

The United Nations is scaling up emergency food assistance, and hundreds of thousands of people are living in desperate conditions in makeshift camps.

Hanan Shariff, a flood victim, has been living in a makeshift camp for the past 13 days in Sinjah, a town in the southwestern state of Sennar, after the floods submerged her village.

The rain and flooding exceeded records set in 1946 and 1988, forcing the government to declare a three-month state of emergency.

In recent days, the government has issued new warnings to communities living on the banks of the Nile that rains in the highlands of Ethiopia could lead to more flooding along the river, said Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow, reporting from Sinjah.

A total of 18 villages in Sennar state are “marooned by the floodwaters and cut off from the rest of the state,” Adow said.

 

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