By Faith Nyasuguta
Thousands of Sudan residents have been left homeless after torrential rains caused heavy flooding that destroyed homes.
According to local media, many streets in the capital Khartoum are currently deep in water.
Sudan has over the years experienced severe flooding particularly during the heavy rains season that falls between June and October.
Often, property is destroyed, infrastructure is wrecked and crops ruined.
In Atbara city located Northeast of the nation, SUNA, the official news agency reported that a string of houses had “collapsed” following the continued floods.
Last Thursday, the United Nations agency OCHA ( Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
announced that about 12,000 people in eight of Sudan’s 18 states had been thoroughly affected.
“Over 800 homes have reportedly been destroyed and over 4,400 homes damaged,” the UN reported.
In 2020, heavy rains pushed Sudan into announcing a state of emergency for three months.
At that time, heavy rains causing floods had affected about 650,000 people with over 110,000 houses wrecked and completely destroyed.
Last year, the Blue Nile that joins the White Nile at Khartoum, the Sudanese capital Khartoum had its floodwater swell to a historic level since records began over 100 years ago.