Flood in Sudan on August 16 2016 05:44 PM (UTC).
At least 100 people have been killed in Sudan after torrential rains over the past two weeks have led to flooding in the impoverished nation. According to the French Press Agency (AFP), thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in the eastern state of Kassala after water from the river Gash broke its banks and flooded entire villages. The Sudanese Red Crescent Society reported on Sunday that 25 people died in eastern Sudan's Kassala and about 8,000 houses have been destroyed. With a shortage of supplies and little food or drinking water, AFP reports that many people who fled to makeshift huts on hilltops have resorted to drinking muddy water, which could lead to water-borne illnesses. "We had no time. We simply fled, taking our children when our village was flooded in the night two weeks ago," Taha Mahmoud, chief of Makli village in Kassala, told AFP. "We lost all our food, belongings and livestock," Mahmoud said. "We're living in miserable conditions in makeshift huts that won't withstand heavy rains. We are eating just one meal a day. Children are falling sick, and doctors are miles away." The most affected states are Kassala, Sennar, South Kordofan, West Kordofan and North Darfur, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday. The OCHA added that heavy flooding since early June has impacted an estimated 122,000 people and destroyed over 13,000 houses in many parts of the country.