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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

About 42,300 People Affected by Heavy Rains and Flash Floods throughout the Country

(OCHA Sudan) Heavy rains and flash floods had affected about 42,300 people in Khartoum, Gezira, Sennar, North Darfur, South Darfur, Central Darfur, South Kordofan and White Nile states as of 13 August 2017, according to the Government of Sudan Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC). This is significantly lower compared to the same period last year, when over 216,000 people were affected by heavy rains and flash floods. HAC has yet to determine exact needs, response and gaps for people affected in Khartoum and Al Gezira states.
In Khartoum State, 205 homes were destroyed and 845 damaged, affecting an estimated 5,250 people. In Al Gezira State, 678 homes were destroyed and 79 damaged, affecting an estimated 3,785 people.
In South Kordofan, 450 homes were destroyed and 43 damaged, affecting an estimated 2,840 people. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is currently following up with HAC and humanitarian partners to identify needs.
In Central Darfur, 897 homes were destroyed, affecting an estimated 4,485 people, mainly in Hameedia and Hasahisa internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. A joint assessment by humanitarian organisations, including HAC, recommended immediate provision of emergency shelter and household supplies to all affected families in both camps.
In Sennar State, 1,059 homes were destroyed and 765 were damaged, affecting an estimated 9,120 people. In response, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) distributed 200 pieces of plastic sheeting and readymade food, and provided support in evacuating some affected households.
In North Darfur State, 104 homes were destroyed and 128 were damaged, affecting an estimated 1,041 people. In response, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) distributed 150 emergency household sets and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)—through the National NGO Dar El Salam Development Association (DDA)—distributed 144 latrine slabs and soap to 281 flood-affected families. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) distributed an additional 82 emergency household sets and 232 water filters. The World Health Organization (WHO)—through the national NGO Patient Help Fund (PHF)—is running two health facilities in Shangil Tobaya locality.
In South Darfur State, 1,113 homes were destroyed and 727 damaged, affecting an estimated 9,200 people. In response, UNICEF—through the Government’s Water and Environmental Sanitation Department (WES)—distributed 200 latrine slabs, chlorine tablets and scaled up hygiene promotion, solid waste management and water quality monitoring activities. The international NGOs OXFAM, CARE International Switzerland (CIS) and American Refugee Committee (ARC) distributed building materials for latrines and 200 sacks of sorghum from the government’s charitable institution Zakat Chamber.
In White Nile State, 919 homes were destroyed and 390 were damaged, affecting an estimated 6,545 people. In response, UNHCR distributed 200 pieces of plastic sheeting, 200 kitchen utensils and 200 jerry cans. The Zakat Chamber distributed food, while the Civil Defence distributed 36 tents. In addition, the international NGO Plan Sudan distributed tools to assist in drainage activities, including hoes, shovels, and empty sacks.
Above average rainfall in most cropping areas of Sudan, FEWS NET
Meanwhile, according to the latest FEWS NET East Africa Seasonal Monitor Report for August 2017, seasonal rainfall in Sudan has continued to be above average during the past few weeks, which has been favourable in most cropping areas of the country. The weekly forecasts indicate continued intensification of seasonal rainfall, with increased likelihood for flooding in flood-prone areas of eastern Sudan. However, there are localised areas in western Darfur where July rains were below average, resulting in drier-than-normal vegetation conditions. In coming weeks, seasonal rains are expected to intensify and may help ease the current dry conditions in parts of western Darfur.