U.N.: Half a Million Affected by Sudan Floods


The impact of Sudan's floods has widened, the United Nations said on Tuesday, with more than half a million people affected by this month's inundations.

"An estimated 574,540 people have been affected," the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said, citing government figures.

The number of flood victims has risen as more rains come down and new information becomes available.

About 50 people have died from the heavy rains and floods, according to the government.

Khartoum and its surrounding region is worst-hit, with more than 180,000 people affected, OCHA said, describing flooding in the capital as the worst in 25 years.

But figures cited by the U.N. show that almost every other state has also been struck.

War-torn Blue Nile is among the worst, with more than 125,000 people affected there.

The state-linked Sudanese Media Center reported that heavy rains hit Blue Nile state on Monday.

On Saturday, an Agence France Presse reporter found dirt roads in southern Khartoum's Soba neighborhood still flooded, making access difficult.

There is also concern about the Blue Nile river which has already overflowed its eastern bank and washed over farmland on the capital's east side.

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