Sudan Launches Fund Raising Drive For Flood Victims

from Pan African News Agency
Published on 07 Sep 1996
From Yahya El Hassan; PANA Correspondent
KHARTOUM, Sudan (PANA) - The Khartoum government has contributed 500 millionn Sudanese pounds (about 357,143 U.S. dollars) in a fund raising drive to help to hundreds of thousands of flood victims in and around the capital, Khartoum.

First Vice President Zubair Mohamed Salih inaugurated the fund raising campaign Friday. The money will compensate families which have lost their houses and belonings. The cost of rebuilding has not made public, yet.

State television showed images of women ad children donating personal belongings and ornaments to help the victims.

Torrential rain and flash floods swept through the city and its environs Monday, killing at least 17 people. It also left hundreds of families without shelter in Jaili locality, some 50 kilometres north of Khartoum and in Umbadda, a suburb of Omdurman, Khartoum's twin-city on the opposite bank of the White Nile river.

So far, no foreign help has been announced. In 1988, when just a million persons were victims of floods almost all Arab countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, donated hundreds of tonnes of food, clothes and shelter.

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