As Floods Ravage Sudan, Young Volunteers Revive a Tradition of Aid

Men built a barrier to protect their houses from rising water in Khartoum, Sudan, this week. More than 300,000 people have been directly affected by the flooding, and dozens have died - Reuters

Men built a barrier to protect their houses from rising water in Khartoum, Sudan, this week. More than 300,000 people have been directly affected by the flooding, and dozens have died – Reuters

By ISMA’IL KUSHKUSH

August 29, 2013

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Their temporary headquarters are a beehive of young volunteers buzzing in and out of rooms, up and down stairs, carrying bags of donated food, medicine and large packets of plastic sheets

“What happened to your house?” one volunteer asks on the phone, as others load aid on trucks or create maps and charts on laptops. “And where do you say you are? We’ll have a team out there soon.”

They are the members of Nafeer, a volunteer, youth-led initiative that responded swiftly to the humanitarian crisis caused by heavy rains and flash floods that struck Sudan this month. Continue reading

UN, partners assisting hundreds of thousands affected by floods in Sudan

A man stands on a bus in the Sharg al Nil area of Khartoum, Sudan, where as many as 530,000 people may have been affected since the start of August 2013. Photo: OCHA/Rodraksa

A man stands on a bus in the Sharg al Nil area of Khartoum, Sudan, where as many as 530,000 people may have been affected since the start of August 2013. Photo: OCHA/Rodraksa

August, 27, 2013 – The United Nations and its partners in Sudan are providing emergency support to hundreds of thousands of people that have been affected by flooding since the start of the month, the world body said today.

According to Government estimates, as many as 530,000 people have been affected by the floods triggered by heavy rains across the country, and at least 74,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed by the rapidly rising waters. The area surrounding the capital, Khartoum, has been hardest hit, with some 180,000 people affected. Continue reading

Mohannad Hamdnallah – Flood victim, Sudan: “Our house has completely collapsed”

Mohannad Hamdnallah surveys the remains of his home in Khartoum State. Since early August more than half a million people in 16 Sudanese states have been affected by floods  - Photo: Ayman Elias Ibrahim/IRIN

Mohannad Hamdnallah surveys the remains of his home in Khartoum State. Since early August more than half a million people in 16 Sudanese states have been affected by floods – Photo: Ayman Elias Ibrahim/IRIN

KHARTOUM, 23 August 2013 – More than half a million people in 16 of Sudan’s 18 states have been affected by flooding since early August. The worst affected is Khartoum State, where some 36,000 homes are thought to have been destroyed or damaged.

Among those to lose their house is Mohannad Hamdnallah, a 36-year-old construction worker from Marabie al-Shareef in Sharq al-Nile locality, in the east of Khartoum State. Continue reading

Government says half a million affected by floods

Floods in Sudan have affected thousands of people - UN

Homes surrounded by water and mud in Soba Kongor, Khartoum State - UN

People camped on the side of the road in Sharg El Niel locality, Khartoum State - UN

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heavy rains and floods may aggravate outbreaks of communicable diseases, especially acute watery diarrhoea, malaria, dengue fever, and Rift Valley fever. Inconsistent chlorination, population movements as well as flooded and destroyed toilets and poor community hygiene practices are considered as risk factors for the potential outbreak and spread of water borne diseases. The Ministry of Health (MoH) – with support from WHO – continues to monitor and report on communicable diseases. So far, the trends of communicable diseases remain within the normal range

OCHA

Below is the Humanitarian Bulletin

Sudan
Issue 33 | 12 – 18 August 2013

 

 

Sudan’s worst floods for 25 years leave 500,000 facing destruction and disease

Sudan's floods have left many families homeless, particularly in the region around Khartoum, the capital. Photograph: Abd Raouf/AP

Sudan’s floods have left many families homeless, particularly in the region around Khartoum, the capital. Photograph: Abd Raouf/AP

• 48 people die as property and infrastructure is wrecked

• Clashes in South Sudan raise fears over healthcare access

Mark Tran

23 August 2013

Forty-eight people have been killed and more than 500,000 affected by the worst floods in Sudan in quarter of a century.

The region around the capital, Khartoum, was particularly badly hit, with at least 15,000 homes destroyed and thousands of others damaged. Across Sudan, at least 25,000 homes are no longer habitable. A UN official described the situation as a disaster. Continue reading

Health Sector bulletin – FLOOD RESPONSE UPDATE

21 AUGUST 2013

 Sudan

 Health situation

 

Heavy rains and floods in Sudan have affected lives and properties of some 65 957 families or 320 000 people.

Damages to properties were reported from 48 localities in 14 states. As of 21 August 2013, there are 48 deaths

and 70 injured.

One of the major health concerns during this emergency is the collapse of 52 856 latrines that pose serious risks

to public health.

The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) reported huge gaps related to water chlorination, water quality testing and environmental sanitation. 60% of the breeding sites showed presence of larvae stages, which will develop into mature flies in the next few days or weeks if vector control interventions are not initiated. Khartoum state finalized the first round and started the second round of latrines disinfection targeting collapsed/damaged latrines; this

should be followed by closing disinfected latrines with soil (dumping) to prevent further contamination, an essential activity that is not currently implemented.

Morbidity reports received from Khartoum and Gezeera states indicate increasing trends of Malaria cases over the last 2 weeks. Additional 100 000 Mosquito nets are to cover the needs (2 sets per household).

Below is WHO Sudanfloods Situation Report 19 August 2013

Below is WHO Sudan Health Sector Bulletin Flood update 21 August 2013

 World Health Organization

WHO

 

One family’s lucky escape after flash floods leave Sudan in chaos

Residents were taken by surprise by the speed at which the floodwater rose. Photo: Haitham Ibrahim, Sudanese Red Crescent Society

Many people were evacuated to the tarmac road, the highest ground in the area, but that was also under threat from the sheer volume of water. Photo: Haitham Ibrahim, Sudanese Red Crescent Society

The intensity of the flash floods was such that even newly constructed houses made of concrete were severely affected. Photo: Haitham Ibrahim, Sudanese Red Crescent Society

22 August 2013

By Haitham Ibrahim, Sudanese Red Crescent Society, and Nelly Muluka, IFRC

On the evening of Friday 3 August, the residents of Sharg Elneel – 15 kilometres to the east of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum – were taken by surprise by severe flash floods. The floodwater rose so quickly that the residents had little time to comprehend what was happening.

Saliheen Abdel Gader was shocked to return home after prayers at 11pm to discover his house and street flooded. “There was water running very fast down the street and, as I went inside my house, it was also full of water. I rushed to wake up my wife and children, who were fast asleep,” he says.

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Sudanese rally to help flood victims on social media sites

Photo taken in Khartoum’s southern suburbs, by members of the Nafir initiative

Photo taken in Khartoum’s southern suburbs by members of the Nafir initiative

A meeting of volunteers before they start field operations

Nafir volunteers at the Al-Jisr office

Tents are built by Nafir in dry places as close as possible to damaged homes

Distribution of donations

Volunteers for Nafir answer phone calls

Volunteers leaving for the field

Putting up sandbags in a southern suburb of Khartoum

 

21 August 2013

CONTRIBUTORS:- Osman Azhari

Post written with FRANCE 24 journalist Sarra Grira (@SarraGrira).

Torrential rain has been falling across Sudan since late July, causing devastating floods and leaving thousands of people homeless. Thanks to social media, people no longer have to wait for the government to send help. A movement that started on Facebook has connected thousands of Sudanese with people who want to help with those who need it. Continue reading

Sudan: EU mobilizes humanitarian experts to assess impact of floods

European Commission

 Press release

 Brussels, 20 August 2013

 Sudan: EU mobilizes humanitarian experts to assess impact of floods

The European Commission is mobilizing humanitarian aid experts to assess the needs of people affected by severe flooding in Sudan in recent weeks. The Commission is ready to increase its humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan if needed.

“I have been following closely the news of the floods in Sudan and I want to express my sympathy and support for the people who have been affected by this disaster”, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Kristalina Georgieva declared today. “I have mobilised experts from the EU’s humanitarian aid service to urgently assess the needs on the ground as soon as access to the affected areas is possible”, the Commissioner added. Continue reading

South Sudanese killed by floods in Khartoum

Heavy rain and flash floods in Sudan

Heavy rain and flash floods in Sudan

14 August 2013:- The South Sudan Embassy in Khartoum revealed that 12 South Sudanese citizens living in Khartoum have lost their lives due to recent flooding in the city.

The Embassy’s Secretary for Information, Gabriel Akot Deng, said the humanitarian situation is bad for South Sudanese nationals stranded in Khartoum, mostly in the areas of Shajara, Haj Yousif, Jebel Aulia and Ombada.

In an interview with Radio Miraya, Deng said the Sudanese government has yet to extend assistance to South Sudanese affected by floods. Continue reading

More floods expected in Sudan after 53 die

A boy holds a goat out of flood waters as he makes his way to higher land on August 3, 2013, in Khartoum - AFP, Ebrahim Hamid

A boy holds a goat out of flood waters as he makes his way to higher land on August 3, 2013, in Khartoum – AFP, Ebrahim Hamid

Severe rains have led to flash floods in recent weeks, affecting thousands of people

 

15 August 2013

Khartoum:- More flooding is expected in Sudan, the country’s chief weather forecaster warned on Thursday, after severe rains have killed 53 people and affected about 200,000.

“According to our information there is heavy rain in Ethiopia, and we expect flooding in the coming days,” Abdallah Khiar told reporters.

Rains in Ethiopia feed into the Blue Nile river which runs to Khartoum, Sudan’s capital. Continue reading

Sudan Struggles With Worst Floods in Decades

 A Sudanese woman makes her way through flood water in Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 6, 2013


A Sudanese woman makes her way through flood water in Khartoum, Sudan, Aug. 6, 2013

Lisa Schlein

15 August 2013

GENEVA — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is appealing for nearly $1 million to provide emergency aid to thousands of flood victims in Sudan. These floods, considered to be the worst in decades, have taken the lives of at least 36 people and injured more than 90.

These are the worst floods to have hit Sudan since 1988. Early this month, heavy rains fell in the states of Khartoum and River Nile, causing flash floods and extensive damage there and in seven other states. Continue reading

Floods in Sudan: intervention beyond community-based initiatives is needed

floods in Sudan

floods in Sudan

YOSRA AKASHA

14 August 2013

Charitable initiatives, like Sadaggat and Shariee Alhawadith, have been providing food and clothes as well as medical care for years. They offer much-needed assistance and an ‘alternative’ to the official social welfare system which does not exist.

The night of Wednesday July 31, 2013 in Alfath, a town northwest of the city of Omdurman, two children aged four and two died instantaneously after the roof of their house fell in; leaving their three brothers injured. When it rains in Alfath, parents have always put their children’s beds in the yard or even on the streets and covered them with plastic blankets in an attempt to keep them as far from falling walls as possible. A father of three children said “We cannot risk our children’s lives; it’s better to keep them cold and wet rather than buried under debris.” Another 3 kids were reportedly killed by electric shock on the evening of August 9 in the Gabra neighborhood of Khartoum. Continue reading

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Sudan floods emergency appeal

Flash Floods in Shareg Anniel locality in Khartoum, Sudan in August 2013. Photo/ SRCS

Flash Floods in Shareg Anniel locality in Khartoum,
Sudan in August 2013. Photo/ SRCS

Enhanced rains in Sudan have led to flash floods, which have caused the destruction of homes, infrastructure, livelihoods and displaced a large part of the affected population and caused the death of 11 persons (the death toll has now risen). Based on SRCS assessments, the flooding has so far affected an estimated 15,462 households (up to 98,726 persons). Approximately 9,646 houses have been completely destroyed and 5,816 more houses have been partially damaged. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian (OCHA) reports estimate that approximately 121,000 persons are affected by the floods and there are still unconfirmed reports that more communities and households are affected. Through this Appeal, the SRCS will focus on the provision of emergency shelter and non-food items (NFIs), emergency health, water and sanitation and hygiene interventions to prevent and mitigate possible disease outbreaks, as well as preparedness and planning for risk reduction interventions since more rains are expected for the coming months. Further assessments will be undertaken to define and specify further interventions in all sector areas as well as determine the needs for rehabilitation and early recovery interventions. A revised plan of action will be shared with partners and stakeholders.

 

 

SPLM-Sudan Calls on the National Congress Government to Declare a State of Emergency & the Areas of the Flood as Disaster Areas

Mr Yassir Arman Secratary - General of the SPLM-N

Mr Yassir Arman Secratary – General of the SPLM-N

SPLM-Sudan Calls on the National Congress Government to Declare a State of Emergency and the Affected Areas of the Flood as Disaster Areas and Appeals to the Regional and International Agencies to Rescue the Affected Sudanese People

Following on our previous statement about the disaster situations created by the floods in Sudan and the lack of government intervention in many areas, including the capital of Khartoum, which resulted in the death of more than 60 people, including an entire family of 8 from South Sudan. The floods have destroyed more than 70,000 homes and hundreds of thousands have lost property. Continue reading

U.S. Assistance to Flood Victims in Sudan

Joseph D. Stafford, III - Charge' d' affaires, Khartoum, Sudan

Joseph D. Stafford, III – Charge’ d’ affaires, Khartoum, Sudan

12 August 2013

The Embassy wishes to announce that in solidarity with the Sudanese people and to alleviate suffering resulting from recent flash floods in Sudan, the United States Government is providing $50,000 in additional humanitarian assistance to support life-saving aid for flood-affected populations. Since early August, heavy rainfall and resultant flash flooding have affected approximately 147,000 people across eight states in Sudan, including more than 84,000 people in worst-affected Khartoum State, and damaged or destroyed houses and public infrastructure. The additional United States Government assistance will support the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for ongoing needs assessments in coordination with a local partner and to provide immediate relief assistance to communities. Continue reading

Sudan: UN and partners coordinate aid for 150,000 people affected by flooding

A man on a flooded street in Sharg al Nil Area, Khartoum. Photo: Rodraksa/OCHA

A man on a flooded street in Sharg al Nil Area, Khartoum. Photo: Rodraksa/OCHA

12 August 2013 – United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners are coordinating closely with the Government of Sudan to assist close to 150,000 people get food, water and shelter following heavy rains that began early this month.

“More rains are expected in the coming days and the estimated number of affected people is likely to rise further as rains continue and as more information becomes available,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. Continue reading