At least 50 people have been killed and close to 320 000 have been displaced by heavy rains that flooded Sudan this month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said this week.
Some 65 957 families have been seriously affected, mostly those living in the region around the capital Khartoum, while property damage has been reported in 14 of the country’s 18 states, WHO added.
A total of 48 people had been killed and 70 injured on Wednesday alone, WHO reported. At least 53 000 latrines have also collapsed, worrying the UN’s health agency which fears health consequences on impoverished communities.
Agence France Presse reported on Thursday that the Blue Nile River in Khartoum had washed over about one kilometre of farmland in the east of the city.
This is the time of the year when rain killers wreak havoc in many parts of West, Central and Southern Africa, not only destroying property but also flattening crops, and therefore worsening the already precarious food security in these regions.
Furthermore, authorities in the impoverished West African nation of Niger reported this week that severe flooding in Niger has killed eight people, including seven children, and left around 2 000 homeless.
The regions of Zinder in the south and Agadez in the north near the Algerian border are thought to have been hardly hit.
Heavy rains that fell this month in Senegalese capital Dakar and other parts of this drought-prone country have also killed two people and injured dozens.
While factors such as lack of drainage infrastructure and building homes without following proper construction codes have been blamed for these severe forms of floodings, environmental analysts however insist that the these rains and floodings are the result of climate change, which is mostly orchestrated by the West, China, India and Australia.
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