The Sudan Interior Ministry on Saturday declared a three-month national state of emergency after record-breaking torrential floods left 99 people dead, reported news agency AFP. “A nationwide three-month state of emergency has been announced as Sudan is considered a natural disaster zone,” the interior ministry said.
According to the report, the floods left 46 people injured and damaged 100,000 properties.
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North Darfur in the country’s west and Sennar state in the south were among the hardest-hit areas.
Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan from June to October, and the country faces severe flooding every year.
“The Blue Nile has reached an all-time high since records began more than a century ago,” said the irrigation and water ministry last week.
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The latest report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan said Thursday that over 380,000 people had already been “affected” by this year’s floods.
The whole flooding season in 2019 affected 400,000 people, according to an OCHA spokesperson.