43 dead, 3,800 homes destroyed in heavy rainfall and flooding in Sudan

43 dead, 3,800 homes destroyed in heavy rainfall and flooding in Sudan
43 dead, 3,800 homes destroyed in heavy rainfall and flooding in Sudan

Sudan's National Civil Defense Council reports that at least 43 people have died and 3,838 homes have been destroyed and an additional 8,514 damaged by heavy rains and floods that have hit the country since the end of July 2021, when the rainy season began.

Floods affected more than 60,000 people in the states of North, River Nile, Khartoum, Al Jazeera, Gedaref, Sennar, Blue Nile, White Nile, South Kordofan, South Darfur, West Darfur and North Kordofan1.

River Nile State suffered the most, with more than 27,000 people affected, including 20,000 in Barbara, where 1,738 homes were destroyed by floods.

Up to 7,710 people were injured in Al-Fao, where 528 houses were destroyed.

The water level in the Nile River has exceeded dangerous levels in several places in the country.

As of August 22, the water level in the river exceeded the dangerous mark by 16.12 m (52.8 ft) in Atbar, by 17.86 m (58.5 ft) in Shandi and by 17.06 m (55.9 ft)) in the capital Khartoum.

Heavy and very heavy rain is expected in northern Ethiopia, western Eritrea and southern Sudan by the end of the month, according to ICPAC. The authorities and the public are encouraged to take appropriate measures to protect lives and livelihoods.

Heavy and very heavy rainfall (10 to 5% of the record) is expected in the regions of southern Sudan (parts of White Nile, Sennar, Gedaref, Kordofan and Darfur states), western and northern Ethiopia (parts of Tigray, Amhara, Oromiya and Benishangul Gumuz) and western Eritrea. In these regions, total precipitation is predicted in excess of 100 mm (4 in).

Moderate rainfall of 50 to 100 mm (2 to 4 inches) is expected in southern Sudan, northern South Sudan, central and western Ethiopia, and limited areas of Gash Barka and Debub in Eritrea.

Light rainfall of less than 30 mm (1.2 inches) is expected over parts of central Sudan, western South Sudan, northern Uganda, parts of western and coastal Kenya, northern and southern Somalia, and coastal Tanzania.

Dry conditions are expected in Rwanda, Burundi, most of Tanzania, most of Kenya, central Somalia, southern Ethiopia, southern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan and northern Sudan.

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