Sudan: Flash Flood - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) n° MDRSD023 Operation update n° 2


Period covered by this update: 5 to 25 September 2016

Date of disaster: 17 June 2016

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

The start of the rainy season in mid-June 2016 brought more challenges with flash floods recently affecting over 177,035 people across sixteen states of Sudan. The flooding affected over 177,035 people whose houses and latrines have been destroyed in addition to destruction of schools, health facilities, roads, bridges among other infrastructure. To date, more than 35,407 families are reported to have been affected in the states of Khartoum, Northern State, Sennar, North Kordofan, South Kordofan, Kassala, Gezira, Gedarif, Central Darfur, White Nile and North Darfur according to the rapid assessment reports of the Sudanese Red Crescent Society branches, Civil Defence and HAC. At least 36 people are reported to have died (according to the Sudan National Council of civil defence) and 147 injured across Sudan since the start of heavy rains. Over 35,407 houses are reported to have been destroyed, with over 15,574 houses partially damaged, over 2,161 latrines damaged and 416 public institutions, mostly schools, have been affected.

Based on forecasts from the Sudanese Meteorological Authority and the Ministry of Water Resources, more rains are expected. The water levels in the Nile River have increased, surpassing the water level recorded during the 1988 flooding. While the humanitarian actors in Sudan continue to provide emergency assistance in the affected states, critical needs remain in emergency water sanitation, basic health, safe water, and environmental sanitation.