Floods in Sudan that have killed 99 people this year have pushed the government to declare a three-month state of emergency.
According to authorities, the floods were triggered by heavy seasonal rains, and the Nile River has risen to nearly 17.5 metres – the highest level in 100 years. On Sudan’s Tuti Island, the highest river waters since records began have left locals trying to hold back the floods.
The Sudanese minister of Labour and Social development reported that the floods had affected more than half a million people and had damaged more than 100,000 homes. Residents have been filling bags with sand and small stones to try and stop the waters, which has washed away thousands of homes.
The Civil Defence Officials of the Sudan government said that the floods have thus far injured 46 people, killed about 99 and damaged over 60 000 homes during this season. Heavy rains are said to continue throughout the month of September.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that over 380,000 people have already been affected across the country.