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Sudan declares 3-month state of emergency over floods - SUNA

by Reuters
Saturday, 5 September 2020 01:17 GMT

Residents pour out the waters of the Blue Nile floods from their backyard within the Al-Ikmayr area of Omdurman in Khartoum, Sudan, August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

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This year's record-beating floods have killed 99 and inflicted damage on more than half a million people

CAIRO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Sudan's Security and Defense Council declared a national state of emergency for three months because of floods that have killed 99 people this year and designated Sudan a natural disaster zone, state news agency SUNA reported early on Saturday.

The Sudanese minister of labour and social development said that in addition to the deaths, floods this year have injured 46 people, inflicted damage on more than half a million people and caused the total and partial collapse of more than 100,000 homes, according to SUNA.

The rates of floods and rain for this year exceeded the records set during the years 1946 and 1988, with expectations of continued rising indicators, Minister Lena el-Sheikh added.

The council also announced the formation of a supreme committee headed by the ministry of labor and social development to deal with the ramifications of the floods for the fall of 2020, SUNA said.

(Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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