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Plan helps flood-stricken communities in Sudan

Submerged village in Kassala, Sudan
Submerged village in Kassala, Sudan
August 14, 2012

Exceptionally heavy rains and flash flooding have demolished thousands of homes in Sudan. Plan is working with communities in some of the worst-affected areas to help those in need.

In the southeastern state of White Nile, four districts have been badly affected, rendering many families unable to access food, water, electricity and health services. In one town, Elragig, all households have had to be evacuated, leaving 1800 people struggling to find shelter in neighboring areas.

Meanwhile in Kassala state, the flooding has completely submerged nine villages, wiping out over a thousand homes. As a result, 34,000 people in have been left without access clean water and at risk of disease.

Children are particularly vulnerable, with many living without adequate shelter, exposed to the rain and cold weather, and resorting to unsafe drinking water. Moreover, many schools have closed due to damaged facilities or flooded roads, meaning that a large number of young people are not able to continue their education.

As the rainy season continues, it is expected that more communities will be affected between now and November.

Supporting children and families

Plan has been supporting those affected by the floods by providing safe drinking water to families and helping those in need of medical assistance to reach local hospitals.

In addition, we are spreading awareness of good hygiene and sanitation practices, and distributing soap, disinfectants and mosquito nets, in order to help prevent the spread of disease amongst flood-stricken communities.

We will also be providing much-needed shelter to 1,000 affected families, and supporting children to continue their education by providing 23 districts with temporary learning spaces and teaching materials.

Information for sponsors

We will contact sponsors directly if we receive any news about individual sponsored children. If you are planning a visit or have any particular concerns around this issue, please contact our Donor Relations staff at donorrelations@planusa.org or at 1-800-556-7918.

Learn more about Plan's work in Sudan

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