Sudan: At least 60 killed by floods after barrage of rain

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At least 60 people have been killed over the past three weeks in Sudan after the country was hit by torrential rains and flooding.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes amid rising water levels with the river Nile bursting its banks in Wadi Ramli, Khartoum. The floods have destroyed farmlands and more than 20,000 homes with water levels expected to rise even further in the coming weeks.

Sudan hit by major floods

The impact of the floods has been extreme with 17 of Sudan’s 18 states being affected by the disaster. The country’s capital, Khartoum, is among the worst-affected areas and the government response has been hampered by the ongoing formation of a transitional government after months of political unrest.

Farmers have been hit particualry hard by the floods, which have destroyed major stretches of farmland, leaving many with nothing to go back to. Many farmers in the country are calling upon the government to provide them with alternative land so they can start rebuilding a life for themselves.

If farmers and residents aren’t relocated, their only option will be to wait for the water levels to subside and hope no further damage is caused in the meantime.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.