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Sudan's Worst Floods For 25 Years Leave 500,000 Facing Destruction And Disease

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Sudan's Worst Floods For 25 Years Leave 500,000 Facing Destruction And Disease

Post by Mazy on Sat Aug 24 2013, 14:41

Sudan's Worst Floods For 25 Years Leave 500,000 Facing Destruction And Disease
48 people die as property and infrastructure is wrecked
Clashes in South Sudan raise fears over healthcare access

theguardian.com, Friday 23 August 2013 09.49 EDT

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b]Sudan's floods have left many families homeless, particularly in the region around Khartoum, the capital. Photograph:[/b] Abd Raouf/AP
Forty-eight people have been killed and more than 500,000 affected by the worst floods in Sudan in quarter of a century.

The region around the capital, Khartoum, was particularly badly hit, with at least 15,000 homes destroyed and thousands of others damaged. Across Sudan, at least 25,000 homes are no longer habitable. A UN official described the situation as a disaster.

The flooding, caused by continuous rains, has damaged public buildings, including schools, clinics, offices, shops, markets and water and sanitation facilities. Roads have been inundated, disrupting transport.

One of the major health worries is the collapse of more than 53,000 latrines; the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of an increase in malaria cases in the past two weeks.

WHO and Unicef, the UN agency for children, are supporting Sudanese authorities and national NGOs to run 50 emergency health clinics. The centres will be open for two months in eight states – Khartoum, White Nile, El Gezira, River Nile, Northern, Blue Nile, North Darfur and South Darfur.

In South Sudan, recent fighting has forced 148,000 people in Pibor country – almost the entire population – to flee to the bush. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the medical NGO, says about 90,000 people are missing. The 28,000 people who have been accounted for are in and around Gumuruk village, where MSF is running a clinic.

The organisation has provided up to 100 consultations a day to people with diseases contracted after spending weeks or months hiding in the bush during the rainy season.

MSF has expressed concern about the absence of men coming for treatment, apparently because they are frightened of seeking help where there is a military presence.

In May, clashes between the South Sudan Army and the David Yau Yau militia intensified in Pibor county, prompting a mass exodus. In July, further violence between the Lou Nuer ethnic group and the Murle, the majority group in the area, triggered a wave of panic. Last month's attacks left 328 people dead, according to a Murle leader.

A woman who received treatment from MSF said her husband was too frightened to visit the clinic. "My husband does not dare enter the village as he is afraid he will be killed. If we run to the town the soldiers might kill us, and if we run to the bush the enemy tribe might kill us," she said.

MSF is also worried about the impact of the fighting on food supplies. "People come to the village and sit all day waiting for food," said Carolina Lopez, its emergency co-ordinator in Pibor county. "Most lost their cattle in the recent fighting, and this year's planting season was plagued with violence, so they are extremely vulnerable. Too many of them turn and walk back through the rain to their temporary shelters in the evening, their bags empty."

The UN military mission in South Sudan said this week it had increased its patrols in Pibor county to allow civilians to return to their towns and access food distribution points. Jonglei state has been plagued by ethnic violence between the Lou Nuer and the Murle, who have a history of animosity over grazing land, water sources and cattle raids that have often involved the abduction of women and children.

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Re: Sudan's Worst Floods For 25 Years Leave 500,000 Facing Destruction And Disease

Post by mosaic on Sat Aug 24 2013, 16:23

Thanks again Mazy.

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Re: Sudan's Worst Floods For 25 Years Leave 500,000 Facing Destruction And Disease

Post by Nicky80 on Sat Aug 24 2013, 18:26

It really bothers me, when i see those poor countries fight against an evil dictator and than get hit by a nature disaster. If they wouldn't suffer enough. That makes you think why curtain poor countries always feel the pain and suffer on and on. Makes you ask if there is a god.

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Re: Sudan's Worst Floods For 25 Years Leave 500,000 Facing Destruction And Disease

Post by Pari on Sat Aug 24 2013, 18:32

Disaster over disaster, storm after storm, scourge on scourge... that is most usually the plight of the poverty stricken, for a long long time...

Yup!  A tsunami of miracles are needed... REAL URGENT! (Prayers go up... as always, with a lot of love... but, not enough...)

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Re: Sudan's Worst Floods For 25 Years Leave 500,000 Facing Destruction And Disease

Post by Mazy on Sat Aug 24 2013, 19:57

There is a God, maybe there are not enough prayers and people paying attention yet. He did not say that I will make everything better because we would not have a free will. He said he will never leave us and believe me he doesn't.

When enough people hound there governments to step in and help and more get involved, we are our brother's and sister's keeper. As I'm typing this I thought that is how George lives his life as he is their keeper also. He will step in more. We don't know how many people He has helped. He saves me many times a day the stupid little things we do, pull the car out when there is someone in the way; that we might not have seen and He intervenes. I don't want to preach. That is what my twitter is for and of cause George.
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Re: Sudan's Worst Floods For 25 Years Leave 500,000 Facing Destruction And Disease

Post by Nicky80 on Sat Aug 24 2013, 21:05

Maybe you are right. Was nice to read your opinion. Thank you.

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