Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (L) and Head of Sudan's ruling council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has expressed Egypt's solidarity with Sudan over the floods that hit 12 out 18 Sudanese states, claiming the lives of a number of citizens and damaging large numbers of houses.
In a phone call with Head of Sudan's Ruling Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan on Thursday evening, El-Sisi extended Egypt’s condolences to the government and people of Sudan over the victims of the floods caused by torrential rains.
Al-Burhan expressed his appreciation of President El-Sisi's condolence saying it reflects the strength of Egyptian-Sudanese relations at the official and popular levels, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi said.
In its recent report on the crisis, the UN's humanitarian agency OCHA said Tuesday that as of Sunday over 61,800 people were affected as well as a total of 3,840 homes were destroyed, 8,160 damaged, and an unconfirmed amount of public infrastructure and farmland has been affected.
Heavy rains and flash flooding have so far been reported in 12 out of 18 states including Aj Jazirah, Blue Nile, Gedaref, Khartoum, North Kordofan, Northern, River Nile, Sennar, South Darfur, South Kordofan, West Darfur, and White Nile.
Torrential rains usually cause severe flooding every year in Sudan from June to October, affecting infrastructure and crops.
Last year, heavy rains forced Sudan to declare a three-month state of emergency, after flooding affected at least 650,000 people, with over 110,000 homes damaged or destroyed.