Sudan

Floods Destroy over 300 Houses

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KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) - Floods have destroyed some 326 houses and left thousands homeless in Sudan's Kitaina province, some 60 kms south of Khartoum, following two days of heavy rain at the weekend.
The official daily 'Al Sudan Al Hadeith' (Modern Sudan) said the floods, which devastated nine villages, also destroyed schools, government buildings, medical centres and water pumping stations. A large number of livestock was also killed.

The Sudanese government has appealed to the international community for food and medical assistance to the affected people.

The deputy commissioner for humanitarian assistance, Fatih al Rahman al Gadi, was quoted by the daily as calling on NGOs and the United Nations agencies to provide emergency relief assistance to the needy.

Food, medicines, tents and tarpaulins are reported to be in short supply in the area.

The paper said relief workers had been sent to the area to assess the damage and emergency needs. It said further threats of flooding were looming as the level of the river Nile has been rising continously.

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