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Sudan floods displace more than 40,000

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Image: Sudanese people carry their shoes and sandals as they struggle through the flood waters east of the capital Kartoum, in 2007. The United Nations is scrambling emergency aid to more than 40,000 people displaced by floods in southern Sudan, a top regional official said on Thursday. (AFP/File/Isam al-Haj)

JUBA, Sudan (AFP) - The United Nations is scrambling emergency aid to more than 40,000 people displaced by floods in southern Sudan, a top regional official said on Thursday.

Seasonal heavy rains in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state caused the Kuom river to overflow in the town of Aweil, making 39,000 people homeless in the region, officials said.

"This is an area of concern for us and we are looking to getting people on the ground quickly," UN regional coordinator for southern Sudan, David Gressly, told journalists.

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