Heavy floods disrupt Sudan's economy, says OCHA

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A man on a flooded street in Sharg al Nil Area, Khartoum. [Photo: Rodraksa/OCHA]

Heavy floods that have displaced about 150,000 people in Sudan have also disrupted economic activities, says the head of the United Nations humanitarian agency (OCHA) in the country.

Mark Cutts says that these are the worst floods seen in the Sudanese capital Khartoum since 1988 when the Nile burst its banks.

He tells UN Radio that there were more rains three days ago which affected even more people in the country where 26,000 houses have either been damaged or destroyed.

"But it's not only the people whose houses have been destroyed that are affected. In fact millions of people in Khartoum itself and around the country have been affected by these floods because they have also disrupted transport. Journeys that might normally take two hours suddenly start taking fifteen hours. Prices are going up in the markets because traders cannot get the goods they need. Some of the bakeries are closed. So everyone is affected in one way or another." (28")

Mark Cutts says that unfortunately more rains are expected and the level of the Nile River might rise even further.

He adds that OCHA is working with the Sudanese government to assist those who have already been affected by the floods.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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