Thursday, 4 August 2016

Flooding kills 76 people in Sudan

Floods and heavy rain in Sudan have killed about 76 people and destroyed thousands of homes in recent days, the interior minister Ismat Abdelrahman said on Thursday.

He said 13 of Sudan’s 18 provinces had been affected by flooding.

The Nile river, which surrounds the country, is at its highest levels in more than 100 years, swollen by heavy rain in many parts of the East African country, according to the water and irrigation ministry.

Interior ministry statistics showed downpours and flooding had completely destroyed 3,206 houses, and damaged 3,048 others in the eastern province of Kassala, one of the worst hit areas.

Coupled with underdeveloped infrastructure, particularly in rural areas, it is harder to cope with heavy rain and natural disaster.