An official said Tuesday that the death toll from flash floods in Sudan has risen to 83 since the start of the country’s rainy season, as downpours continued to inundate villages across the east African nation.

According to Brig. Gen. Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim of Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defense, at least 36 persons have been injured since May. Over 18,200 homes have been “completely destroyed” across the country, with an additional 25,600 partially affected.

Floods have affected about 146,200 people, according to the United Nations. Local media broadcast footage of surging seas engulfing villages. Six of the country’s 18 provinces have proclaimed states of emergency.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA, the western Darfur region and the provinces of Nile River, White Nile, West Kordofan, and South Kordofan are among the hardest afflicted.

The United Nations has serious funding constraints. According to OCHA, donors have donated roughly $608 million for Sudan’s humanitarian response so far this year, which is less than a third of what is needed.

Sudan has been without a functioning government since an October military coup wrecked the country’s brief democratic transition following the popular revolt that ousted longstanding tyrant Omar al-Bashir in 2019.

The rainy season in Sudan typically begins in June and lasts until the end of September, with floods peaks in August and September. During the rainy season last year, more than 80 individuals were murdered in flood-related events.

Source: AP News

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