Flooding caused by torrential rains in Sudan has killed at least 52 people and damaged thousands of homes since the rainy season began in May, according to the official Sudan News Agency.
Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan between May and October, a time when the country experiences dangerous floods that damage housing, infrastructure and crops.
The official Sudan News Agency said Abdel Jalil Abdel Rahim, the official spokesman of the National Civil Defense Council, said that “victims of floods and rain in all states of the country have reached 52 deaths and 25 injured”.
He stated that throughout Sudan, 5,345 houses were completely destroyed, 2,862 houses were partially destroyed, 16 public institutions, 39 shops and warehouses collapsed, and 540 decares of agricultural land were affected by severe waters.
He said the states most affected by the torrential rains were “The Nile River Province, North and South Kordofan and South Darfur”.
In a report released Monday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that around 38,000 people across Sudan have been affected by rain and flooding since the start of the rainy season.
According to the office, about 314,500 people were affected in Sudan during the rainy season of 2021.