​Sudan declares 3-month state of emergency over deadly floods

2020-09-07 14:52:28
​Sudan declares 3-month state of emergency over deadly floods

Sudan's Security and Defence Council has declared a national state of emergency for three months because of floods that have killed 99 people this year.

The council also designated Sudan a natural disaster zone, state news agency SUNA reported on Saturday.

The Sudanese minister of labour and social development said 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 amount of water was unimaginable," Omar Ahmed, Um Dom resident in Sudan's capital Khartoum told Al Jazeera. "I was at home not expecting the water to reach my house. It reached the house before me, my house, and the homes after me. Around my house more than 40 homes were destroyed by the floods."

Alwaly Abdeljaleel, Um Dom resident, said: "People have taken their properties and left their homes. We have houses that have been partially destroyed and houses that have completely collapsed."

Sudan's Security and Defence Council also announced the formation of a supreme committee headed by the ministry of labour and social development to deal with the ramifications of the floods for the fall (autumn) of 2020, SUNA said.

Sudan's rainy season begins in June and continues through to October, which means the country experiences floods and torrential rains annually.

The committee warned on Friday the country may face more rains, adding that the water level in the Blue Nile rose to a record 17.58 metres.


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