According to the United Nations, heavy rains and flash floods in 1 of Sudan’s 1 states have affected more than 228,000 residents and refugees.
In neighboring South Sudan, the United Nations says about 626,000 people have been affected by the floods, which have increased humanitarian needs in the country.
In Sudan, thousands of refugees were relocated to various camps, others took refuge in villages that were abandoned, but many are now living on the streets.
“They are homeless,” said Ibrahim Mohammed, a senior official at the Sudanese Refugee Commission.
“We are facing a serious challenge to find new land for their relocation.”
Every year between June and October, Sudan receives torrential rains, which often engulf the country with catastrophic floods that destroy property, infrastructure and crops.
Last year, Sudan declared a three-month state of emergency, with the United Nations saying the country was at its worst in a century, killing at least 140,000 people and injuring 1,000,000.
So far this year, floods have killed more than 60 people nationwide and damaged or destroyed nearly 5,000,000 homes.
In the Al-Jabalain district of Sudan’s White Nile state, neither villagers nor refugees were prepared for the flooding.
“Villagers say they have not seen such floods in years,” said Anwar Abu Shura, head of the al-Kana camp.
Many refugees had to retrieve construction materials and supplies from the flooded shelter.
Aid workers have warned of an outbreak of the disease among twice as many displaced refugees.
Abu Shura, head of the al-Qana camp, said they were expecting a “medical disaster.”
According to figures compiled by the Sudanese Refugee Commission, about 150 refugees from al-Qana and nearby al-Alagaya camps were diagnosed with malaria on Monday.
In the al-Algaya camp, where many refugees were relocated, Nagwa James, a refugee from South Sudan, pointed to shelters that were under an endless stream of water.
The head of the camp, Mohammad Ali Abuselib, said the refugees had been evacuated from low-lying areas. But most are in the open and, he added: “We’re expecting more flooding.”