Home | News    Wednesday 4 July 2007

Flash floods leave 2,500 homeless in Sudan

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

July 3, 2007 (KHARTOUM) — Flash floods in the Sudanese town of Rabak have made at least 2,500 people homeless with more rain expected, the Sudanese Red Crescent said on Tuesday.

"They have no shelter. There is a real risk of disease outbreaks," said Afaf Bukhari from the Sudanese Red Crescent. "They need tents, they need blankets and plastic sheeting. They need health units."

Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and the road to Rabak, south of Khartoum, was submerged due to heavy rains.

"The forecasts say that it is going to get worse," Bukhari added. "We are expecting more floods in many areas."

Reports of further flooding were already coming in from Sennar along the Blue Nile, Kassala in east Sudan, North Kordofan and Jazeera state south of Khartoum, Bukhari said.

Red Crescent staff were still awaiting details of the numbers affected in those areas. There were no reports of injuries or deaths.

Farrah Ebeid, a resident in Sennar, said floods had also destroyed many houses there.

"Some people have lost everything. Many houses have collapsed and the people have no shelter," he told Reuters by telephone from the affected area.

"The water level is knee high in some areas," he added.

Sudan’s state news agencies last week said authorities were making preparations for the flood season as rain began to fall in the capital.

But Ebeid said little had been done. "Municipality officials came and registered the names of those affected, but the authorities haven’t given them anything."

He said authorities brought a pump to drain out the water, but then ran out of fuel. Residents were paying for fuel for the pump.

Last year the river Nile reached levels in Khartoum higher than both 1988 and 1946 when the worst floods of the century hit Sudan. Government sources said at least 27 were killed last year and almost 10,000 houses were partially or completely destroyed.

Ebeid said this year’s floods in Sennar were already worse than in 2006.

(Reuters)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Bashir’s congratulation for Trump remains double-edged sword 2017-02-21 08:47:41 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This is a note to the readers of this article about my use of the phrase double-edged sword. It means that Omar al-Bashir’s Speedy congratulation offer to Donald Trump (...)

South Sudan: Why ’NO’ for peace and ’YES’ for war 2017-02-20 20:45:12 By Tor Madira Machier The region and the International community has been on a campaign in a bid to end the civil war in South Sudan right after its inception in December 2013, yet the very (...)

The Nile: A source of energy, food and water for all 2017-02-20 07:19:22 By Sam Cheptoris River Nile is a trans-boundary resource shared by 11 countries in the Nile Basin, each with different and, sometimes, conflicting interests. This scarce resource is a source of (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)

More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean 2017-01-25 09:15:39 January 25, 2017 Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. “Europe should learn from the way Uganda and other (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.