16 August 2013

Sudan Minister - 40,000 Households Affected By Rains

Khartoum — The Sudanese Interior Minister announced that so far, 40,000 households have been affected by rains and floods in the country. He also said that 53 people and 3,000 cattle have died, 77 people were injured, and 251 public institutions' buildings collapsed due to the storms.

Minister Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid stated that "there is no need to declare a state of emergency in Sudan to provide aid to those affected."

For his part, Al Fateh Ezeddin, head of the labour committee at the parliament, denied that relief items brought from abroad are not delivered to beneficiaries but are instead being sold in Khartoum markets.

Lately strong rumours have spread in Khartoum suggesting that government officials are "stealing relief supplies destined to rains' victims and selling them in markets at the country's capital," a source explained. These items, he explained, include electrical generators, water pumps, blankets, and tents.

According to UN OCHA, this year's rain victims have amounted so far to about 150,000 across the whole country.

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