Floods caused by torrential seasonal rains in Sudan have killed more than 50 people and inundated more than 8,170 homes since the start of the rainy season, a senior police official said on Saturday.
Nineteen deaths were recorded in North Kordofan province, followed by Nile River province, which reported seven deaths, said Brig. General Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim, spokesman for the Sudan National Council for Civil Defense. The western Darfur region, which has five provinces, reported 16 deaths, he added.
Sudan’s rainy season usually begins in June and lasts until September, with floods peaking in August and September.
Abdul-Rahim said at least 25 people were also injured so far this year, according to the country’s state-run SUNA news agency.
The floods and heavy rain inundated 16 government facilities and about 40 shops and damaged at least 540 hectares of farmland across the country, Abdul-Rahim said.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has said around 38,000 people have been affected by heavy rains across the East African country since May.
Last year, floods and heavy rains killed more than 80 people and inundated tens of thousands of homes across the country. In 2020, authorities declared Sudan a natural disaster area and imposed a three-month state of emergency across the country after floods and heavy rain killed around 100 people and inundated over 100,000 homes.
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