The rains and floods that hit Saraf Omra locality in North Darfur last week damaged more than 2,000 homes in the Jebelein, Dankoj, Hai El Salam, Imtidad Hai El Salam, and El Wadi camps. A total of 22,000 people in North Darfur have witnessed their houses or crops being damaged or destroyed by floods, according to aid organisations.
“The Bari valley was also flooded, spoiling the crops of 3,000 farming plots,” a source in the camps in Saraf Omra told Radio Dabanga. He said that the people affected by the floods now live in the open, and urgently need aid.
’3,000 houses in North Darfur damaged’
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in its latest bulletin that local authorities said that 7,800 people have been affected in Saraf Omra locality. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated that close to 1,000 hectares of crops along with stored onion seeds were destroyed in Saraf Omra area.
In the entire North Darfur state, the heavy rains and flooding have affected 22,000 people, and destroyed or damaged about 3,000 houses and hundreds of hectares of farmland, according to aid agencies.
West Darfur traffic hampered
Heavy rains accompanied by floods in West Darfur seriously hampered traffic in Sirba locality. The coordinator of the Sirba camps told Radio Dabanga that as a result of the flooding, prices of travel tickets and consumer goods have significantly risen. He said that the price of a ticket from Kulbus to Sirba has risen to SDG200 ($35), while a bus ticket from Kulbus to El Geneina now costs SDG400 ($70).
Since late July, close to 257,000 people in Sudan have been affected by heavy rains and flooding, according to the HAC and the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS). The rains and floods have damaged or destroyed over 43,000 houses in 13 states across Sudan, with Blue Nile being the most affected state, followed by Khartoum, North Darfur, River Nile and South Kordofan.
File photo: A farmer in Darfur watches a flooded farmland (Radio Dabanga archive)
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