More than 100 people have been killed in Sudan, as torrential rains and floods continue to wreak havoc on the country. Homes, crops and other livelihoods have been destroyed in the disaster the likes of which the country had not seen in a century.
Satellite images published by Reutersshowed the enormous damage caused by the torrential floods that swept Sudan recently.
The images revealed that the waters of the White Nile invaded large areas in the capital, Khartoum, including the Kings Alliance, Al-Halafiyah Bridge, Al-Kadro and the Khojlab neighborhood before and after the torrential torrents.
Yans Lerca, a spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, revealed that more than 500 square kilometers of land have been flooded in the states of Khartoum, the island and the White Nile alone in Sudan, according to satellite images.
The UN official said that about 100 people died due to floods and landslides, and 46 others were injured.
Lerca added – at a press conference today, Tuesday in Geneva – that more than 506 thousand people have been affected since the start of the rains in mid-July, and more than 110 thousand of them in the first week of September alone, according to the governmental Humanitarian Aid Commission, indicating that the intensity of the rainfall In Sudan, it intensified during the past week, causing more floods, displacement and deaths, while thousands of people were displaced and many of them sought refuge in schools just before the schools reopened.
The spokesman noted that the government, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector are providing life-saving assistance to thousands of people in all affected areas, noting that, however, the number of affected people has already exceeded the initial expectations of 250,000 and partners have run out of supplies, especially shelter and non-food items.