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  14 Sep 2021, 10:20

Sudan floods kill over 80 people: official

   KHARTOUM, Sept 14, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - Floods following heavy rain in Sudan

have killed more than 80 people and damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of
homes, an official said Monday.

   "A total of 84 people were killed and 67 others injured in 11 states
across Sudan since the beginning of the rainy season," said Abdel Jalil
Abdelreheem, spokesman for Sudan's National Council for Civil Defense.

   The deaths were drowning, electrocution and house collapses, he added.
Some 8,408 houses have also been destroyed and more than 27,200 damaged
across Sudan.

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

   The United Nations estimates that heavy rains and floods have affected
some 102,000 people since July.

   Nearly 50 villages have been submerged in southern Sudan, displacing some
65,000 people including South Sudanese refugees whose camp was inundated, the
UN said in a report last week.

   Last year, heavy rains forced Sudan to declare a three-month state of
emergency, after flooding affected at least 650,000 people, damaging or
destroying more than 110,000 homes.

 

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