Thousands of Sudan homes destroyed in floods

A girl washes her feet with standing water on August 1, 2014 next to a watering point at the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Upper Nile State capital Malakal, South Sudan (AFP Photo/Charles Lomodong )

(SOURCE)  More than 3,000 homes have been destroyed by floods that hit almost half of Sudan’s states over Ramadan and the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, official media said on Saturday.

 The capital Khartoum was among the areas inundated, prompting an opposition party to accuse the government of lying about its preparedness, after deadly floods in the city last year.

“Twenty-two districts in eight states were affected by flooding and heavy rain,” the SUNA news agency reported, citing the federal health ministry.

There were 184 injuries during the deluge which affected around 6,100 families, about half of them in Nile and North Kordofan states, SUNA said.

Water also poured into Khartoum homes when rain and high winds lashed the region last Tuesday night and on July 25 at the start of the rainy season.

Many people in the capital region live in homes which are poorly constructed or built from mud bricks, leaving them vulnerable to sudden torrents of water.

An AFP journalist on Saturday found residents climbing through the rubble of their collapsed houses.

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