Report: Severe Sudan Floods Affect 300,000 People

JAMAM, SOUTH SUDAN - JULY 17:  A woman carries a heavy jug of water through a muddy pond July 17, 2012 in Jamam refugee camp, South Sudan. Many refugees choose to gather the muddy rain water that is unsanitary because they are not used to the taste of the treated water that is provided by aid agencies. Up to 16,000 refugees are in the process of being moved due to flooding in the camp as the rainy season causes problems with the flooded fields around the tents. Jamam refugee camp is approximately 80k from the North Sudan border. There are currently three refugee camps in the Upper Nile area housing 107,000 refugees from the Engassana region coming from North Sudan.  South Sudan recently celebrated it's first independence anniversary. Over the past year repeated conflict with North Sudan, corruption scandals and economic difficulties have plagued the new country. Further problems caused by the shutdown of its oil production have led to a sharp decline in its currency and a rise in the price of food and fuel. South Sudan is one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Report: Severe Sudan Floods Affect 300,000 People

Rarely seen flash flooding in Sudan has affected more than 300,000 people and killed at least 48, according to a recent bulletin from the World Health Organization.

Published August 23, 2013

Recent heavy rains and floods have affected the lives and homes of more than 300,000 people in Sudan, killing at least 48 people, according to the World Health Organization. 

The collapse of about 50,000 emergency latrines and rising malaria rates have brought about significant health threats in affected areas, the WHO added in the organization’s Sudan health sector bulletin.   

A United Nations official in Sudan described the situation as a “huge disaster,” BBC News reported.

Due to poor urban planning and drainage, the capital Khartoum has been particularly susceptible to this year’s flash flooding, which has been noted as unusually severe.

AllAfrica reports:

Despite the large-scale impact of the floodwaters, [Sudan’s Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid] said the situation did not warrant declaring Sudan a "disaster area" which could potentially help solicit more external aid, stressing the situation is under control.

The government has faced increasing public backlash amid claims its flood preparations and response was grossly inadequate.

WHO says it is working to implement a range of health activities in cooperation with other international relief agencies operating in flood affected areas.

Emergency support is currently being mobilised, particularly food, shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene and health services.

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Written by Patrice Peck

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