File photo: Egypt's Minister of Health Hala Zayed (Photo: al Ahram)
Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed is set to visit Sudan on Tuesday to help the Sudanese people to overcome the repercussions of the torrential rains and floods that have swept a number of Sudanese governorates, Egypt's Charge d'Affairs in Khartoum Nader Zaki said on Monday.
Weeks of heavy flooding nationwide in Sudan have left dozens of people dead and destroyed tens of thousands of homes.
In remarks reported by Egypt’s state news agency MENA, Zaki said the Egyptian minister will be accompanied by a 20-doctor medical team of different specialisations as well as a number of nurses and experts in epidemic control.
He added that the medical team is set to stay in the flood-hit country to help the Sudanese people until the crisis subsides.
On Saturday, the Sudanese authorities declared a national state of emergency for three months because of the floods and designated the country a natural disaster zone.
The floods have left at least 99 people dead, inflicted damage on more than half-a-million people, and caused the total or partial collapse of more than 100,000 homes.
Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has reiterated Egypt's solidarity with Sudan during the crisis, affirming his country's readiness to provide all means of support, according to state news agency SUNA reported.
Egypt has dispatched humanitarian aid including medical supplies and foodstuffs since the crisis started in Sudan.