Floods continued to wreak havoc in Sudan, with more than 100 people killed and thousands affected by torrential rains and authorities declaring an emergency in six of the country’s hardest-hit provinces.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Wednesday that at least 258,000 people have been affected by the floods in 15 of 18 provinces.
Al Jazeera’s Hiba Morgan, reporting from Gezira, said many residents have been forced from their homes since heavy rains hit the area more than two weeks ago.
“Gezira is one of the states where the government has declared a disaster. Dozens of villages have been submerged here since the start of the rainy season, leaving hundreds of families homeless,” Morgan said.
Morgan added that many people have sought refuge in drier land, but said they have yet to receive any help.
“We woke up to water coming into houses and got out what we could. Every hour we hear of a house falling, a sewer system collapsing or a wall collapsing. There is nothing left,” Adam Ismail, a resident of Wad Alnaeim, told Al Jazeera.
Ismail added that he waited for the water to recede so he and his mother could return and rebuild their home. Two weeks later, he doesn’t know how long it will take.
“The rainy season has been described by many as one of the worst they have ever seen, and the downpours affected almost the whole country,” Morgan said.
A local resident, Hamdan Tia, told Al Jazeera that he erected barricades but his house still suffered heavy damage.
“We took out the children and the furniture we could, but the house was destroyed. We have built barriers and continue to drain the water,” he said.
“Now we are worried about diseases that the water can bring, like malaria and infections.”
Heavy rainfall in Sudan occurs every year between June and October.
Flood victim Samah Zein said the residents of Gezira “needed everything” to help them get their lives back, as the floods had destroyed much of what they had, leaving them with “nothing”.
“Shelter, food, water, health care. The most important thing we need is for the water to be drained so it can come back. I hear people crying at night because of the situation we are in,” Zein told Al Jazeera.
Last year, torrential rains in Sudan killed more than 80 people and left thousands of homes submerged in water.
Meanwhile, in 2020, some 800,000 people were affected by floods, leading Sudan to declare a state of emergency.
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