Since the beginning of the rainy season in May, at least 100 people have died in flash floods brought on by intense monsoon rains over much of Sudan, an official said on Wednesday.
According to Brig. Gen. Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim, spokesman for Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defense, the downpours, which started earlier than usual this year, also injured at least 96 other people.
According to the UN, flooding in 15 of Sudan’s 18 regions have affected at least 258,000 people. According to the report, the heavy rains destroyed numerous settlements and inundated tens of thousands of acres of land.
Six severely affected provinces have a state of emergency proclaimed by the authorities.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, some of the hardest damaged regions are the western Darfur region and the provinces of the Nile River, White Nile, West Kordofan, and South Kordofan.
Around 27,600 houses, according to Abdul-Rahim, were “completely destroyed,” and another 42,000 were “partly damaged.”
The rainy season in Sudan typically begins in June and lasts through the end of September, with August and September seeing the worst flooding.