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Summer floods in Sudan kill over 100, destroy 14,000 homes

AP , Wednesday 17 Aug 2016
Summer floods in Sudan kill over 100, destroy 14,000 homes
Displaced South Sudanese families are seen in a camp for internally displaced people in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Tomping, Juba, South Sudan, July 11, 2016. Beatrice Mategwa/United Nations Mission in South Sudan (Photo: Reuters)

The United Nations says heavy rains and flooding this summer has killed more than a hundred people and destroyed thousands of houses in central, eastern and western Sudan.

In a report released Tuesday, it says the rains and floods killed 110 people between July and Aug. 15, and have destroyed over 14,000 homes and affected over 161,000 people. It says the worst affected states are Kassala, Sennar, South Kordufan, West Kordufan and North Darfur.

Floods are common during the rainy season in Sudan, with the largest caused when the Nile, its tributaries or other rives overflow.

The UN warns that flash floods are generally short in duration but can cause major damage to villages and urban areas.

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