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Sudan: 134 people have died since the start of the rainy season

Police said on Thursday that 134 people have died in floods in Sudan since the start of the rainy season in May, and tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed.

Heavy rains are common in Sudan from May to October, causing severe flooding that damages homes, infrastructure and crops.

The latest report, released in early September, reported at least 112 dead.

Khartoum declared a state of emergency in August due to severe flooding in six states in Sudan as the country plunged into a severe economic crisis.

Ibud city, Sudan, after the floods, August 22, 2022 (AFP – Ebrahim Hameed)

According to the National Civil Defense Council (NCDC), 134 people were killed and 120 injured in these floods, which destroyed or damaged more than 128,000 homes.

The highest number of deaths were reported in the central state of North Kordofan, with the highest number of house collapses in the southern state of White Nile, the source said.

House collapse, drowning and electric shock are the leading causes of death.

According to the UN, every third Sudanese needs humanitarian assistance, monthly inflation is close to 200%, the currency is in free fall, and after the putsch on October 25, 2021, which was led by army commander Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the price of bread increased tenfold .

A Sudanese woman checks the extent of flood damage in Ibod on August 22, 2022. (AFP - Ebrahim Hameed)A Sudanese woman checks the extent of flood damage in Ibod on August 22, 2022. (AFP – Ebrahim Hameed)

Citing government figures, the UN recently said the floods have affected 286,400 people across Sudan.

According to UNICEF, the states of Nile, North Kordofan, South Kordofan, Kassala and Gedaref, as well as the Darfur region, are among the hardest hit.

The UN has also warned that the floods could affect around 460,000 people this year, far more than the average of 388,600 reported between 2017 and 2021.

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