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Sudan: Vital aid reaches 12,000 flood victims

17-08-2013 News Release 2013/135

Khartoum/Geneva (ICRC) – Recent flash floods and heavy rains, which fell at the beginning of August, have left many people homeless. The Sudanese Red Crescent Society, with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), has provided vital household essentials and shelter items to 12,000 severely affected people in Khartoum State, Dongola region and Wadi Halfa.

"The rains and flooding have destroyed the homes and belongings of thousands of families," said Jean-Christophe Sandoz, head of the ICRC's delegation in Sudan. "This aid will help people cope with the emergency by covering their most urgent needs. Red Crescent staff and volunteers reached the scene very quickly and have worked tirelessly to help the families in need."

Each family received a kit consisting of tarpaulins for temporary shelter, together with plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, buckets, jerrycans, cooking utensils, soap and clothes. Assessments are ongoing to determine water and sanitation needs in the affected areas. The ICRC provided vehicles for the delivery of this aid, and will continue to support the Sudanese Red Crescent in helping the flood-affected communities.

The ICRC has been working in Sudan since 1978. In 2003, it extended its operations to Darfur, where it helps people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.

For further information, please contact:
Adil Sharif, ICRC Khartoum (for Arabic), tel: +249 1 83 476 464 or +249 91 213 77 64
Umar Phiri, ICRC Khartoum (for English), tel: +249 1 83 476 464 or + +249 91 2178943
Ewan Watson, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 33 45