Sudan steps up aid efforts after flooding since June kills 114

Sudan’s government said it’s stepping up response efforts after torrential rains and flooding in the south and east of the country since early June claimed at least 114 lives.

More than 161,000 people have been affected and 14,700 houses destroyed because of heavy downpours that caused overflowing of the Nile River and its tributaries, according to an e-mailed bulletin by Sudan’s state-run Humanitarian Aid Commission and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The government is coordinating a response and reactivating a flood task force that includes representatives from ministries, the Sudanese Red Crescent Society and UN agencies, they said.

The most affected states have been Kassala, Sennar, Southern Kordofan, North Darfur and West Kordofan. The floods were caused by heavy rainfall over parts of the Ethiopian plateau, causing unpredictable surges in the flow of the Blue Nile, according to the statement.

-Bloomberg