Heavy rainfall and flash floods beginning July 29 caused loss of life, homes, infrastructure and livelihoods across 17 of Sudan’s 18 states. In West Kordofan, more than a dozen water sources were damaged or destroyed, hectares of crop land and livestock were washed away, and homes, latrines and classrooms were damaged or destroyed. Thousands of households have no access to emergency shelter, safe water, or safe latrines and hygiene items. This has grave impacts on water borne illnesses, including malaria, as well as safety and dignity. In addition, there is a high risk of COVID-19 contagion.
To meet immediate needs, Islamic Relief is distributing emergency plastic sheets and mosquito nets to flood affected families, beginning with female-headed households, the elderly, children, and people with disabilities.
Islamic Relief is also repairing municipal water sources as well as household latrines. Water purification materials, such as chlorine strips, are being distributed to flood affected families, along with hygiene kits. In addition, 60 hygiene promoters will be trained and supported to conduct hygiene awareness and training in the communities.