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Sudan: Floods Flash Update No. 13 (16 September 2021) [EN/AR]



  • Heavy rains and flooding have affected over 288,000 people in 13 states across the country since the start of the rainy season in July.

  • Close to 13,400 homes were damaged and over 43,700 homes destroyed.

  • Moderate rainfall---between 50 and 100 mm---is expected in southern Sudan and western parts of Ethiopia between 15 and 22 September, according to the IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC).

  • The Government, led by HAC, and humanitarian partners are providing life-saving assistance to people affected.

  • Prepositioned relief items are being depleted and with the increase in the number of people affected, stocks need urgent replenishment.


Heavy rains and flash flooding have so far been reported in 13 out of 18 states across the country. The affected states include Aj Jazirah, Blue Nile, Gedaref, Khartoum, North Kordofan, Northern, River Nile, Sennar, South Darfur, South Kordofan, West Darfur, West Kordofan and White Nile. As of 16 September, over 288,000 people have been affected (up from 61,000 at the end of August) with over 13,000 homes destroyed and 43,700 homes damaged. An unconfirmed number of public infrastructure and farmlands have also been affected. Further assessments will take place in Blue Nile and White Nile states to verify the needs and number of people affected.

Water levels of the Nile River have risen above flooding risk levels in Khartoum, Atbara, Shendi and Ed Diem stations, according to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources. At the Khartoum station, water levels have reached 17 meters, which is 50 centimeters above the flooding risk level of 16.5 meters. The risk of riverine flooding along the Nile River remains high. Local authorities and partners are taking appropriate measures to avoid potential flooding impact on the lives and livelihoods of people in these areas. The rainfall season in Sudan typically ends at the end of September. According to ICPAC 15-22 September forecast, light rainfall is expected over southern Sudan and western parts of Ethiopia (part of the Blue Nile's catchment).


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