70 Citizens Dead and Injured Due to Floods and Heavy Rains
Khartoum - Ministry of Interior warned of heavy floods that may exceed the rates of the ones of the year 1988.
Minister of Interior Ibrahim Hamid said the heavy rain in the different areas around Sudan caused the death of 35 people and injury of an equal number, caused the collapse of thousands of homes and public utility buildings in addition to destroying 15 villages in Atbara River.
Hamid declared maximum state of alert and called for including civil society organizations in transporting affected citizens to safe areas and providing food and health aid.
Sources expected River Atbara Area to be declared a crisis zone after heavy floods drained villages in Khashm Algirba and River Atbara localities destroying thousands of houses and displacing thousands of families.
Local authorities in Kassala state said that 35 thousand people do not have shelter after floods destroyed 27 thousand houses 13 schools; causing extreme environmental and health impact. Service and health institutions were also damaged in Soba south of Khartoum.
It is worth mentioning that weather forecasts indicate that heavy rains are going to continue falling all through August in amounts that are expected to exceed those of 1988 according to the Sudanese Media Center (smc).
By Khalda Elyas, 12/08/2012