Cairo – The death toll from flash floods in Sudan has risen to 83 since the rainy season began in the country.
Brigadier General Abdul-Jalil Abdul Rahim, spokesman for Sudan’s National Civil Defense Council, said at least 36 people had been injured since May. More than 18,200 homes have been “completely destroyed” across the country, while at least 25,600 have been partially damaged.
The United Nations said more than 146,200 people were affected by the floods. Footage broadcast by local media showed rising water submerging villages. Authorities have declared a state of emergency in six of the country’s 18 provinces.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, the West Darfur region and the provinces of the Nile, White Nile, West Kordofan and South Kordofan are the hardest hit.
UN agencies face significant funding shortfalls. OCHA said donors have provided about $608 million to Sudan’s humanitarian response so far this year – less than a third of what is needed for this year.
Sudan has been without a functioning government since a military coup in October 2019 derailed its short-lived democratic transition after the ouster of long-time autocrat Omar al-Bashir in a popular rebellion.
Sudan’s rainy season usually begins in June and lasts until the end of September, with floods peaking in August and September. Last year, more than 80 people died in flood-related incidents during the rainy season.