UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Though the waters of the Nile have flooded his village north of the Sudanese capital for days, Siddiq Abdul Qadir is driving his transport vehicle in an attempt to remove the remains of his small house’s furniture.
Floodwaters swept his home in the village of Wadramli on the east bank of the Nile, forcing him and his family to seek refuge in a nearby drought-stricken area.
It was not easy for him to drive in the wreckage of houses, logs and broken branches.
“My house was completely demolished. I have lived all my life in my village and I have not seen flooding at this level,” Abdel-Kader, 57, told AFP. “Now I am struggling to find out where my house has been washed away. Some people know their houses are still upright.”
Abdel Kader’s house is among thousands of homes destroyed by floods that have flooded 15 of Sudan’s most affected states, including the White Nile state south of Khartoum, where some 200,000 people have been affected.
Sixty-two people were killed and about 100 injured, the official SUNA news agency quoted the health ministry as saying.
Volunteers rushed to the village of Wadramli after the flood waters poured into it.
Authorities sent tankers and boats to rescue families and take their simple furniture out of the water.
But Abdelkader was among the lucky ones who could not get their furniture out.
“I couldn’t get any pieces of my furniture, and my family is now staying with a relative in his house in a nearby village,” he said.
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On the main road east of Darmali, pieces of furniture belonging to the affected people were scattered as tents were set up to house them.
The catastrophe took place as Sudan begins a three-year political transition to civilian rule after new Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok was sworn in with the backing of a majority of the country’s citizens and nations.
This came after the army ousted former President Omar al-Bashir.
Hamdouk visited Friday and Darmali, where he instructed to step up operations to help those affected.
The United Nations has predicted the crisis will continue until the end of October.
“We have not been able to clear all the houses that were destroyed in Wadramli because of the high water level,” said Farouk Ahmed, who oversees the work of the Red Crescent Society in the area.
The number of people affected was estimated at 6,000.
As floodwaters flooded and Darmali, residents of nearby villages were trying to protect their homes amid rising water levels.
In Wausi, about half a kilometer west of Warmley, 35-year-old farmer Sami Ali told AFP: “We are putting bags of sand around our houses to protect them after the village is surrounded by water from all directions.”
Hudhayfah al-Sir, 24, expressed fears that diseases could spread due to the proliferation of flies and mosquitoes.
A health center has been set up to serve residents of Waidramli, but aid workers have pointed to a shortage of medicines, with hundreds of people sheltering in tents.
Nafisa Said, who lives in the tent, plans to return to her village after the flood waters recede.
“We have spent all our lives in Wadramli and we have to go back to rebuild our houses and the authorities should build a bridge for us,” she said.
For his part, Shihab al-Din Mohammed, 19, lost his identification documents and official papers he needed to enter the university after being washed away by the flood water from his family’s demolished house.
“The academic year at the university will start soon and I have no idea what to do after I have lost all my papers. It seems we will be living here (in the tent) until October and I don’t know what to do,” he said.
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