Sudan floods kill 52 people

Cars drive in flood water following heavy rain in Sudan's capital Khartoum, on August 13, 2022. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP
Cars drive in flood water following heavy rain in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, on August 13, 2022.
ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP

Flooding caused by torrential rains in Sudan have killed at least 52 people, damaged and destroyed thousands of homes, state media reported.

Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan between May and October, and the country faces severe flooding every year, wrecking properties, infrastructure, and crops.

Abdel Jalil Abdelreheem, spokesperson for Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defence said 5,345 houses had been destroyed and 2,862 damaged across Sudan. Other public facilities, shops, and agricultural lands were also damaged.

North and South Kordofan states, River Nile state, and South Darfur were among the most affected across Sudan, he noted.

In a Monday report, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that around 38 000 people across Sudan had been affected by rains and floods since the start of the rainy season.

About 314 500 people were affected across Sudan during the rainy season of 2021, according to OCHA.