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Over 2,500 homes destroyed in seasonal floods in eastern Sudan

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CAIRO (AP) — Deadly seasonal floods have destroyed more than 2,500 homes in eastern Sudan, wiping out thousands of homes in an already impoverished region, state news said. increase.

Another 546 homes were partially destroyed by torrential rains in the Nile region, SUNA news agency said late Thursday.

Since the rainy season began in May, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says an estimated 38,000 people have been affected by floods across the East African country.

So far, the most severely affected areas include Kassala, South Darfur, Central Darfur, South Kordofan, White Nile and River Nile.

Total deaths nationwide remain undetermined. On Wednesday, SUNA reported that two children died in the central Nile state after floods destroyed homes.

Earlier, OCHA said at least six more people were killed and an unidentified number were injured when houses collapsed or were swept away by flood waters in Central Darfur. About 2,800 homes were destroyed and more than 1,620 damaged in the same province, according to an OCHA statement released on Monday.

Last month, the United Nations announced that 12 more people had died in flash floods in South Darfur.

The rainy season in Sudan usually lasts until September, with flooding peaking in August-September. More than 314,000 people will be affected by rains and floods across Sudan in 2021, according to the United Nations