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Death toll in seasonal Sudanese floods now over 100 – Civil Defence Council

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The death toll in seasonal floods that have ravaged Sudan since May has risen up to over 100 with hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed, authorities said on Wednesday.

The floods which were triggered by heavy monsoon rains across much of the country which also saw the Nile River overflowing its bounds, has also injured more than 96 people, mostly im the regions bordering the Blue Nile.

Spokesman for the Sudanese National Council for Civil Defense, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Jalil Abdul-Rahim, in a statement on the development, said said around 27,600 houses were “completely destroyed” and around 42,000 more were “partly damaged.”

“The western Darfur region and the provinces of Nile River, White Nile, West Kordofan and South Kordofan are among the hardest hit areas,” Abdul-Rahim said.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in an earlier report, said at least 258,000 people have been affected by the floods in 15 of Sudan’s 18 provinces.

The report added that the downpours wrecked many villages and left tens of thousands of acres of land flooded while the Sudanese authorities have declared a state of emergency in six hard-hit provinces.

The monsoon rainy season in Sudan which usually starts in June and lasts until the end of September, with floods peaking in August and September, came much earlier this year and has caused severe havoc than expected, according to the UN.

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Another Ugandan health worker dies from Ebola Virus

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Another health worker in Uganda has died due to complications from the Ebola Virus Disease, making it the fourth recorded death of an official since the outbreak of the Sudan-strain of the virus in last August, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, who announced the death of the health worker, said the victim identified as Ms Margaret Nabisubi, an anaesthetic officer, died at about 4.33am after battling the infection for 17 days.

“The 58-year-old succumbed to Ebola at 4.33am this morning at Fort Portal Hospital (JMedic) after battling the disease for 17 days,” Dr Aceng said in a tweet.

“The late Margaret is the 4th health worker we have lost in the current Ebola outbreak after the probable case of a midwife, Dr Mohammed Ali and the health assistant in Kagadi District. May their souls rest in eternal peace,” Aceng added.

She added that President Yoweri Museveni was very concerned about the situation and has mandated the Ministry to do everything possible to contain the spread.

The country’s disease control agency, in a statement said so far, the confirmed cases of the virus infection have increased to 43 and the deaths have also increased to 13 as of Tuesday.

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ECOWAS mediator, Mohamadou Issoufou, meets Burkina Faso new ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore

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The delegates of regional bloc, Economic Community of West African States have concluded mediation for Burkina Faso after recent unrest surrounding a military coup that ousted Lieutenant colonel Damiba last Friday.

The Friday coup was led by one of his trusted allies, Captain Ibrahim Traore, eight months after Damiba had overthrown the democratically elected President Roch Kabore in January and there has fear of a counter coup as shootings eusued at the capital on Saturday.

The mediator team led by Mahamadou Issoufou on Wednesday met with the country’s new ruler Captain Traoré who promised to keep the commitments made in July by the previous leadership regarding the organisation of elections and a return of civilians to power by July 2024 at the latest.

While briefing newsmen after the meeting, the mediator reaffirmed his commitment to the Burkinabe people.

“We will report on our mission to the current president of ECOWAS and to the heads of state. But I can already assure you that ECOWAS will remain at the side of the Burkinabe people.

“We will continue to accompany the Burkinabe people in this very difficult ordeal they are going through”, said Mahamadou Issoufou, ECOWAS mediator for Burkina Faso.

The West Africa sub-region has witnessed a series of military coups in recent years. In MaliGuinea, and Burkina Faso since August 2020.

 

 

 

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