Following heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan, tens of thousands of homes, boreholes and agricultural fields have been destroyed or damaged over the past few months. 80,000 families need humanitarian aid, estimates the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS).
“It’s the first time it’s been so bad. The water entered through the windows and reached up to 1.5 meters high,” says Ismail Daoud Abbas, from the village of Um Zaiedd, in the South Darfur Abbas’ family now lives in a makeshift shelter after their home was destroyed.
The floods damaged critical infrastructure, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera. “The water came under the control room and the borehole collapsed, and all the water pipes broke. Now no one is drinking clean water because of the damage. Only polluted water is available,” says Attahir Mohammed Jabari, a community leader in Um Zaiedd.
The flooding of agricultural fields has increased the threat of hunger for millions of people. “All agricultural fields were flooded. Our boreholes are damaged. Our mango and guava trees have also been affected,” explains Ismail Daoud Abbas.
Communities facing not only climate shocks, but also conflict and violence face crop failures and soaring food prices. Over the past year, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has recorded a 187% increase in the price of basic foodstuffs in conflict-affected areas in Sudan where it works. This brutal inflation continues to rise.
“This season is different from previous seasons. Our elders say nothing like this has happened since the 1980s,” said Murtada Adam Fadul, the head of the SRCS branch in Nyala, South Darfur.
The ICRC, with support from CSIS, plans to provide essential household items and cash to some 45,600 people by the end of October. In September, 9,600 people in Kass and South Jebel Marra have already received essential items. The two organizations are also working to improve access to drinking water for 30,000 people, 70% of whom are women and children. They promote hygiene among affected communities and provide medical supplies for the treatment of waterborne diseases and malaria.
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