Torrential downpours caused floods that inundated many streets in the capital, while in Atbara, a city in the northeast part of the country, the official SUNA news agency reported the collapse of several houses as a result of the rainfall.
According to meteorological records, heavy rains generally fall in Sudan from June to October, and the country faces severe floods every year, when they destroy properties, infrastructure objects and crops.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said last week that some 12,000 people in eight of Sudan’s 18 states were affected by the rains.
According to OCHA estimates, more than 800 houses were completely destroyed and more than 4,400 homes were damaged.’
In 2020, heavy rains forced authorities to declare a three-month state of emergency, as they affected around 650,000 citizens and more than 110,000 homes were partially damaged or completely destroyed.
That year, the level of the Blue Nile in the vicinity of this city reached its highest level since flood records began more than a century ago.