Su­dan flood­ing kills 100, de­stroys vil­lages

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.” –

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