At least 50 deaths in Sudan floods since May

Heavy rains and flooding have left at least 50 people dead and injured dozens in Sudan since May, according to the country’s National Council for Civil Defence.

More than 7,000 homes have also been damaged, with photos published by the Sudanese state media showing numerous properties either collapsed or under water.

Many of those affected have appealed to authorities for emergency shelter, saying they have had to sleep out in the open.

A spokesperson for the National Council for Civil Defence, Brigadier-General Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahman, told state TV that some of the victims drowned in floodwaters, while others died in their houses.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that more than 136,000 people had been affected by the flooding since May, and that poor road conditions are making it difficult for aid to reach certain areas.

Kordofan, Darfur and White Nile states are some of the worst-affected areas.

East Africa has experienced extreme weather conditions this year, from severe droughts and long dry spells, to flooding.

source: bbc

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