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31 Aug 2020 | 03:13 PM UTC

Sudan: Khartoum on high alert following weeks of fatal flooding nationwide August 30

Sudan News Alert

Khartoum Governor declares state of high alert on August 30 following weeks of flooding nationwide that has killed 90 people; further flooding and associated disruptions expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/30/2020, 11:00 PM until 9/7/2020, 10:59 PM (Africa/Khartoum). COUNTRY/REGION Khartoum, Sudan

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Event

On Sunday, August 30, Khartoum Governor Ayman Nimir declared that the capital was in a state of high alert as it faced the consequences of severe flooding. Six of the city's seven districts have been affected by the flooding, with more than 5000 houses destroyed. The military was deployed to assist with evacuating people, deliver aid, and build flood defenses in Khartoum on Sunday. The capital has been hit amid ongoing unprecedented flooding nationwide since July. According to the Interior Ministry, at least 90 people have been killed in flood-related incidents, 44 others injured, and tens of thousands of homes destroyed. More than 380,000 people have been affected in 17 out of 18 of Sudan's 18 provinces as heavy rainfall over the rainy season has led to water levels in the Nile reaching record levels.

Further rains throughout the rainy season, which runs through to October, are likely to cause further flooding and associated disruptions nationwide over the medium term.

Advice

Those in Khartoum and throughout Sudan are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.

 

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