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QRCS office in Sudan responds to flash floods in White Nile State
Heavy rains and flash floods since the end of June have affected over 380,000 people and killed nearly 90 across 17 states in Sudan, according to preliminary data from the Government’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC). The continued storms and flooding are causing damage to houses, schools, water points, and other critical infrastructure, with North Darfur, Sennar, and West Kordofan states amongst the hardest-hit. More than 37,000 homes have been destroyed, forcing most of the families affected to seek shelter with relatives and host communities. Another 39,000 houses, 34 schools, and 2,671 health facilities have been damaged, according to HAC. Food security might have been further compromised, as approximately 1,300 animals have died, and thousands of acres of crops have been lost or will not be cultivated. In the White Nile State, mitigation efforts carried out by civil defense and local organizations helped to protect several people who were stuck by the rise of floodwaters on the White Nile. However, over 10,000 people remain impacted by flash floods across the state. In immediate response, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is working with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) on a relief proposal with an initial budget of $50,000, to provide nonfood items (NFIs) for the flood-affected families. Under the scheme, many tarpaulins, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry canes, and mattresses will be urgently supplied. Also, awareness sessions will be held to inform the public about health safety protections. Around 350 worst-affected families will receive prompt assistance as a matter of urgency.