At least 112 people have died since the start of the rainy season in Sudan

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At least 112 people have died since the start of the rainy season in Sudan

A state of emergency has been declared in six areas of the country.

At least 112 people have died and tens of thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed in Sudan due to torrential rains since the start of the rainy season in May, police said on Sunday.

Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan between May and October, causing severe flooding that damages homes, infrastructure and crops.

The death toll now stands at 112 and 115 injured, said Abdeljalil Abdelrahim, spokesperson for the National Council for Civil Defence.

A total of 34,944 homes were completely destroyed while 49,060 were partially damaged , he told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Khartoum declared a state of emergency in August due to severe flooding in six regions of Sudan, as the country plunged into a severe economic crisis.

According to the UN, one in three Sudanese needs humanitarian aid, inflation is approaching 200% every month, the currency is in freefall and the price of bread has multiplied by 10 since the October 25, 2021 coup led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhane.

Citing government data, the UN said last week that floods affected 226,000 people across Sudan.

Nile, North Kordofan, South Kordofan, Kassala and Gedaref regions as well as Darfur are among the most affected, according to UNICEF.

The UN adds that the floods could affect some 460,000 people this year, far more than the average annual 388,600 registrations between 2017 and 2021.

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