Su­dan floods kill 100, de­stroy vil­lages

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KASALA — Thou­sands of houses have been de­stroyed and sev­eral vil­lages sub­merged after flood­ing trig­gered by tor­ren­tial rain killed 100 peo­ple across Su­dan, of­fi­cials and an AFP pho­tog­ra­pher said on Sun­day.

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 in­hab­ited by farm­ers.

Many peo­ple shel­tered 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 as he toured two flood-hit vil­lages near the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Kasala.

Many peo­ple, mostly chil­dren, were seen 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 in Kasala.

“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.”

Twenty-five peo­ple died in Kasala it­self and around 8 000 houses have been de­stroyed since the heavy rains lashed the state two weeks ago, the Su­danese Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety said on Sun­day. At least 100 peo­ple were killed na­tion­wide, it said. United Na­tions aid agen­cies had warned of flood­ing in Su­dan be­tween July and Novem­ber this year.

The most af­fected states are Kas­sala, Sen­nar, South Kord­o­fan, West Kord­o­fan and North Dar­fur, the UN Of­fice for the Co­or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs (OCHA) said on Wed­nes­day.

It said heavy flood­ing since early June has af­fected more than 122 000 peo­ple and de­stroyed over 13 000 houses in many parts of Su­dan.

A down­pour in Au­gust 2013 was the worst to hit Khar­toum in 25 years, and af­fected tens of thou­sands of peo­ple, the UN said.

Those floods killed about 50 peo­ple, mostly in the cap­i­tal. — AFP

#FeesMustFall fears: Se­cu­rity in­creased at var­sity cam­puses

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Po­lice of­fi­cers were de­ployed at the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg and the Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand amid fears of another wave of “Fees Must Fall” protests yes­ter­day.

But every­thing seemed to be busi­ness as usual, with stu­dents mak­ing their way to and from classes, while at Wits Univer­sity some stu­dents staged a silent protest against gen­der vi­o­lence.

Last week, uni­ver­si­ties in South Africa put in place con­tin­gency plans ahead of an an­nounce­ment about the in­crease in study fees for 2017. But the brief­ing by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Blade Nzimande was can­celled at the eleventh hour, with his of­fice say­ing fur­ther con­sul­ta­tions needed to take place first.

The ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, which met over the week­end, also came out in sup­port of no in­crease in fees, with sec­re­tary gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe say­ing more con­sul­ta­tion needed to take place.

“We are say­ing hold on, don’t rush into your fee in­creases, con­sult fur­ther and let’s see what is vi­able and af­ford­able,” he said.

Stu­dents have been di­vided on the way for­ward, with some call­ing for a na­tional shut­down and oth­ers sug­gest­ing it’s best to wait for Nzimande’s pro­nounce­ment. — News24

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