The biggest flood in a decade has killed thousands of people and forced thousands more from their homes in rural Sudan.
The 29-year-old Butheyna Alhadi, standing amid the ruins of her family house in the farming community of Al Managil, said, “We’ve lost everything.
Five families resided here, and now that it has been completely demolished, we are homeless and have lost all we owned.
According to the UN, more than 150,000 people have been affected by flooding in Sudan so far this year, double the number at this point in the previous rainy season.
Approximately 50,000 dwellings have reportedly suffered damage, and 89 individuals have reportedly been killed.
The UN anticipates that by the conclusion of the rainy season, which generally lasts until September, at least 460,000 people would have been affected.
Due to more intense rain and a lack of mitigating measures, the number is larger than in the majority of previous years.
A spokesman with the Sudanese Red Crescent, Jamal Mustafa, reported that over 100 communities had been cut off and 10,000 homes had collapsed or been damaged in Al Managil, which is located about 150 kilometers south of the capital Khartoum and is surrounded by overflowing irrigation ditches.
In impromptu camps, at least 3,000 individuals have looked for safety.
Residents complain that they have limited access to food and drinking water, and that in some areas, flooding two meters deep has cut off most means of aid.
Local leader Altayib Abdallah stated that “any relief, shelter, or transportation is happening through the local volunteer effort.”
“The government hasn’t provided any help,”
The government vowed to send assistance to Al Managil over the weekend, including ditch clearance, road repairs, and compensation.
Trucks delivering Qatari humanitarian goods and members of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces were spotted waiting for the highways to open up.