By: Zuleikha Abdul Raziq
Khartoum- Sudanese Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdok paid a visit to Wad-Ramli area, north of Khartoum, to inspect the damage caused by floods and rains that swept the area as the UN said a total of 15 of Sudan’s states are in need of urgent aid to the flood-affected people.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Friday according to Xinhua news agency that heavy rains and flash floods hitting Sudan have led to the deaths of some 54 people and nearly 194,000 people have been affected across the country.
OCHA Geneva spokesperson Jens Laerke said that more than 37,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged in the states of the Sudan, and with the rainy season expected to last until October, and more rainfall in the forecast, humanitarians are concerned by the high likelihood of more flash floods.
In total, 15 of Sudan’s 18 states have been hit, and reports from government authorities and humanitarian partners indicate that people urgently need emergency shelter, food, health services, and clean water and sanitation, said OCHA.
“There’s also need for vector control to limit the spread of water-borne diseases by insects and drainage of stagnant water,” said Laerke.
The Sudanese Prime Minister, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, on his part, disclosed radical solutions at the areas affected by torrential rains and floods at the areas north of Khartoum of Jeili, Wad-Ramli and Wawissi.
Hamdok affirmed in his first working field visit after he assumed office to Wad-Ramli area Friday that all steps for addressing the effects of rains and floods would go in its appropriate way, starting with morale support, provision of lodging to the affected people, environmental hygiene and combating the effects of the recent torrential rains and floods.