Sudan flash floods displace 80,000, IFRC makes aid appeal

by Katie Nguyen | Katie_Nguyen1 | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:52 GMT

Army officers and workers unload relief aid from an Egyptian military plane at Khartoum Military Airport. The aid is for the victims of recent heavy rains and floods. August 14, 2013, REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

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Sudanese displaced by flash floods need food, shelter, water, sanitation and more rain is forecast, prompting emergency appeal

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Flash floods in Sudan have killed at least 36 people, uprooted 80,000 and forced displaced families in some areas to camp along roads, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Thursday.

Eight states in Sudan have been hit by flooding triggered by heavy rains that started in early August, damaging schools, health clinics, shops, markets and sanitation facilities, the global humanitarian organisation said.

"The hardest hit areas include the states of Khartoum, Gazira, Northern and River Nile," the IFRC said in a statement. "Some displaced families, mostly women and children, are camping along the tarmac road, others have found shelter staying with relatives who have homes on higher ground."

According to IFRC assessments, the flooding has affected some 125,000 people, destroyed almost 14,000 houses and damaged 6,850. More than 5,600 latrines were in a state of collapse and at least 660 animals were reported dead.

The disaster prompted the organisation to launch an emergency appeal on Thursday for 918,554 Swiss francs ($983,670) to help 35,000 people in Khartoum and River Nile states.

On Monday, the United States said it would provide $50,000 in aid to help Sudan's flood survivors.

According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the most urgent needs were for food, shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene and health services.

In its latest report, OCHA said more rain was forecast this week and disruption to power and water supplies as well as telephone communication was likely.

It also warned that the large areas of floodwater could cause delays in  transporting basic goods, which might cause a short-term shortage of food and other commodities.

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