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Sudan rain kills seven, leaves thousands homeless

The SPA says the flooding could lead to epidemic diseases and overwhelm sanitation services [Getty]

Date of publication: 14 August, 2019

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At least five people, including two children, were killed when rains destroyed their house in the village of Rifaa in central Jazeera province, state news agency said on Tuesday.
Heavy rain in Sudan has caused extensive flooding that killed at least seven people in the country's south on Tuesday, the state news agency reported.

"Seven citizens were killed, two injured and 10 villages affected by rain and flooding in Jazira state," SUNA said. 

The downpours, which have battered parts of Sudan for days now, destroyed hundreds of homes in the capital Khartoum.

At least six other people were killed over the past week in Jazira and in the western region of Darfur where thousands of people were affected by flooding.

The Sudanese Professionals' Association said on Tuesday that rains over the weekend have caused floods that destroyed or damaged more than 1,300 homes on the southern outskirts of the city, where the White and Blue Nile rivers meet.

The SPA says the flooding could lead to epidemic diseases and overwhelm sanitation services.

Footage circulated online showed flood waters cutting off roads and sweeping away houses and people's belongings. Large swathes of agricultural land in the area have been flooded.

Military rulers have deployed troops to help people deal with the flooding. The Health Ministry has said at least 12 province have been affected by torrential rains since earlier this month.

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