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Urgent help needed as heavy rains ruin thousands of villages in Sudan

Flooding near the Kassala state
Flooding near the Kassala state
August 22, 2012

Urgent support is needed to protect and feed thousands of children and assist them return to school in the flood-induced humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

Thousands of villages in Kassala and White Nile states had been destroyed by exceptionally heavy rains and flash floods in Sudan rendering more than 500,000 people homeless, unable to access food, water, electricity, and health services.

Plan’s Acting Director in Sudan, Naila Abshora said her organization was appealing for funds to help thousands of people, mostly children, affected by flash floods in the two states located in central and eastern parts of the country respectively.

“Children and women are the most vulnerable community in such segments. Children’s education was interrupted and their health is very fragile to stand harsh climatic or environmental hazards,” Ms Abushora said.

“Their safety is also in a dire situation since the number of snake and scorpion pits have increased. In addition, 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,” she added.

“More than 50,000 individuals in Plan operational areas in these two states were directly or indirectly affected by the rains and floods. 9 plan communities in River Atbara locality, Kassala state, were completely inundated with floods water and left more than 3,000 families homeless,” Ms. Abushora said.

She noted that a similar situation took place in 16 Plan affiliated communities in White Nile state. About 1,640 sponsored children affected so far. The affected families are sitting in open areas and the rest are either staying in schools or sharing their relatives’ houses.

“Affected families completely or partially lost their houses and properties. Public services were severely interrupted such as drinking water supply, power, health services and education services. Moreover, the life disruption also included the loss of the public buildings such as schools and health units and the services they used to provide, including markets and supplies,” she said.

Abushora noted that environmental sanitation has deteriorated rapidly in the affected communities and adverse results started to be observed include significant breeding of the mosquitoes and water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, respiratory infections and gastro-intestinal disorders.

Access to most of the affected communities also poses serious challenges, making it difficult to obtain information on the status of the affected communities. Those affected communities had been updating relief organizations with the latest information through mobile phones.

Plan has been actively involved in the local coordination platform led by Government to respond to this emergency.

Plan has distributed food items for saving children lives to the affected families in Elragiag – Rabak locality and to Bobnis community-Tandality locality in While in the White Nile State.

Also, in collaboration with the Water and Environmental Sanitation department, Plan installed two bladder tanks (1321 gallons for each bladder tank) for safe drinking water in White Nile state.

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.

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