Photo: Asad Ali Fadla shows the aftermath of a flash flood on his home in a suburb of Sennar in eastern Sudan, July 8, 2007. Asad, his parents, five brothers and sisters, are among thousands whose homes have been swept away as heavy rains sparked flash floods across Sudan over the past week. REUTERS/Andrew Heavens
July 9, 2007
Thousands of homes have been swept away as heavy rains sparked flash floods across Sudan over the past week. More than 4,000 homes have been destroyed throughout Sudan. "Many areas in the country witnessed high levels of rains and that high levels of rains and floods are still expected in the coming weeks." The floods caused huge damage and left countless stagnant pools in their wake - each of them a potential breeding ground for malaria and water-borne diseases. All the more frustrating, many Sennar residents said, because the disaster had been totally predictable and preventable. Critics blame officials for a lack of preparation, central government planning and local government implementation. "These rains happen every year. They are seasonal. But the planning by the authorities has been very bad." Residents said drains and dykes had been poorly maintained since the last rains. Ditches along the main roads were left to clog up with mud and rubble. The main road was built too high so it trapped the rain water and stopped it flowing into the Blue Nile river. Instead it flowed into residential areas.