Communities across Africa have been left devastated by heavy flooding. Our teams are on the ground providing critical support to individuals and families in need.

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Sudan is in a state of national emergency following the ongoing devastation caused by flooding. To date, 99 people have been killed with 46 more injured. Over 100,000 homes have been damaged and overall, more than 500,000 people affected.

Heavy seasonal rains – mainly in neighbouring Ethiopia – have triggered the flooding, which has caused the River Nile to rise to its highest level in 100 years. The states of Khartoum, Blue Nile, River Nile, Gezira, West Kordofan and South Darfur are amongst the worst hit.

Islamic Relief response to Sudan floods

Our team is on the ground responding to the needs of local communities in West Kordofan. We’re coordinating closely with other humanitarian bodies and UN agencies and are currently developing an emergency plan for the crisis.

Our current priorities are providing food, temporary shelter and household water treatment to families affected by the flooding in West Kordofan, which has been very badly hit.

Sudan – the confluence of the Arab and African worlds – is one of the largest countries in Africa and home to almost 40 million people. Civil war in Darfur and border areas has forced millions of people from their homes and stalled much-needed economic development. Since the formation of South Sudan, Sudan has been met with a large influx of South Sudanese refugees and suffered a critical drop in oil revenue. Islamic Relief is on the ground providing key emergency assistance.

Sudan is one of the poorest countries worldwide with around 15% of the population living on less than $1.90 (£1.40) a day. When South Sudan became an independent state in 2011, Sudan lost crucial oil revenue and the economy became even more unstable. Now a staggering 4.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance across Sudan, including 3.5 million people who are without a stable source of food.

With the 2013 conflict in neighbouring South Sudan, more than 260,000 South Sudanese refugees have since fled across the border to Sudan, placing an ever-great pressure on the economy and resources. What’s more, ongoing internal conflict has led to large-scale displacement within Sudan.

Furthermore, seasonal and climate-based pressures continue to impact on local agriculture and food sources, with Sudan directly exposed to the effects of El Niño.

For many people in Sudan life can be particularly challenging:

  • 73% of the population do not have access to adequate sanitary facilities (UNICEF, 2017)
  • 7 out of every 100 children do not reach their 5th birthday (World Bank, 2016)
  • Over a third of young people cannot read or write (UNESCO, 2008)
  • 27% of children do not attend primary school (UNICEF, 2017)

Islamic Relief in Sudan

Sudan is the first country that Islamic Relief worked in responding to the famine in 1984. Since then, Islamic Relief has expanded significantly to provide a range of nutritional, food, education, livelihood and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) support across the country.

We’ve been responding to climate disasters such as droughts and floods by providing essential aid and have implemented a variety of health and WASH support to local and displaced populations. With the recent East Africa food crisis, we are continuing to provide emergency food, medical and shelter assistance as part of our East Africa emergency appeal.

We also offer educational and livelihood support by rebuilding and equipping schools and offering vocational training and essential equipment for farmers and livestock owners. Lastly, we continue to provide seasonal Qurbani and Ramadan food assistance.

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