Sudan floods devastated schools, camps and hundreds of homes

Sudan floods devastated schools, camps, and hundreds of homes: UN
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28 July, 2021
The UN's OCHA office said South Darfur State experienced flooding that has impacted more than 1,630 homes in camps for internally displaced people, with other parts of the country also hit.
The flooding has impacted homes, schools and even the water supply [Abbas M. Idris/Anadolu Agency/Getty-file photo]

Flash floods which recently struck parts of Sudan have caused significant damage, including to some of the country's most vulnerable people, with around 1,700 homes damaged or destroyed, a UN office reported Tuesday.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said flooding in South Darfur State from last Tuesday to Saturday has impacted more than 1,630 homes in four camps for internally displaced people, although no deaths or injuries have been reported.

Flooding has also impacted water sources at Kalma, home to more than 128,000 people with half of local schools affected.

There are fears that disease may spread in the area after toilets were damaged in the flooding.

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Flooding in River Nile State's El Matama locality last Thursday destroyed 13 homes, with 30 other and two school classrooms suffering less serious damage.

White Nile State's Um Rimta fell victim to floods on Sunday with farmland submerged, where more than one in four of the area's 180,000 residents are experiencing food crisis or emergency, according to an Integrated Food Security Phase Classification projection.

Last Wednesday also saw flooding at Um Rimta, stalling traffic on a key road.

The latest flooding comes as 3,000 refugees from Ethiopia's Ahmara, the region neighbouring war-torn Tigray, seek refuge in Sudan.