Sudan flooding kills 100, destroys villages
THOUSANDS of houses have been destroyed and several villages submerged after flooding triggered by torrential rainfall killed 100 people across Sudan.
Thousands of people in the impoverished eastern state of Kasala bordering Eritrea fled their homes after the river Gash burst its banks, flooding entire villages.
Many people were sheltering in makeshift grass huts on hilltops, after floodwaters also cut off the main highway between east Sudan and the capital Khartoum.
Villagers braved waist-high water as they looked for food, drinking water and medicines amid a shortage of supplies, the AFP photographer said on August 14 as he toured two flood-hit villages near the provincial capital of Kasala.
Many people, mostly children, were drinking muddy rain water.
“We had no time. We simply fled, taking our children when our village was flooded in the night two weeks ago,” said Taha Mahmoud, chief of Makli village.
“We lost all our food, belongings and livestock. We’re living in miserable conditions in makeshift huts that won’t withstand heavy rains.
“We are eating just one meal a day. Children are falling sick, and doctors are miles away.” –