World responds to help victims of Sudan floods

The U.S. Embassy in Khartoum on Monday announced the allocation of over $2 million for the emergencies in Sudan, while Kuwait and Qatar announced the provision of humanitarian assistance for those affected by heavy rains and floods in the country.

Sulaiman Abdul-Jabbar, the acting undersecretary of Sudan’s health ministry, says 62 people have died in the flooding.

The floods have also impacted 35,850 families in some form or fashion and more than 22,000 houses were destroyed.

The flood response includes shelter, non-food items, drugs and medical supplies, water, sanitation and hygiene, and protection, in addition, to support in the areas of logistics and transport, the U.S. embassy said in a statement.

Sudan’s acting Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Mohamed Al-Sinari on Monday announced that Kuwait intends to steer an air bridge of humanitarian assistance for the flood-affected people in Sudan, official SUNA news agency reported.

“The air bridge from Kuwait will begin with the arrival of a plane carrying more than 40 tons of food material and medicines on coming Friday,” Al-Sinari was quoted in the report as saying after meeting with the Kuwaiti ambassador in Khartoum Bassam Al-Qabandi.

He noted that Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission would receive the Kuwaiti assistance and distribute them according to priority.

Similarly, the Qatari Red Crescent on Sunday launched an urgent humanitarian mission to assist the people affected by the seasonal rains and floods which swept housing areas in 17 Sudanese states, Sudan Tribune reported.

The Qatari Red Crescent noted that it has actually started distribution of mosquito nets, blankets, water and cooking materials and others.

Last week, Saudi Arabia provided assistance for the people affected by the rains and floods in Sudan, while the Saudi Ambassador in Khartoum on Sunday inspected the affected areas north of Khartoum and provided material assistance to the people at Al-Jaili and Wad Ramly areas.

Since the beginning of August, most states of Sudan have been struck by heavy rains which caused many houses to collapse and cut off main roads.