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Flooding Reaching Unprecedented Levels in Sudan

Sudan, Africa
July 26, 2007

Floods that have already left thousands of families homeless in Sudan have reached a critical stage in several states, an official from the government's emergency response committee said.

"The river levels have exceeded those of previous years, especially in the Nile River state [northern Sudan]," said General Awad Widatallah Hussein, spokesman for the committee, on 26 July.

The government Humanitarian Aid Commission reported on 24 July that the level of the Blue Nile at Khartoum, the capital, was "far above" the record levels seen at this time of year in 1988. Readings from several monitoring stations show the Nile to be more than a metre higher than in 1988.
At least 59 people have been killed and more than 35,000 families left homeless by rains and floods affecting 12 of the 26 states, he said.
FLASH floods across central and eastern Sudan have killed 20 people and destroyed 15,000 houses, the head of the civil defence authority said, predicting worse weather conditions to come.

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