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R.Nile Floods Kill Almost 100 In Sudan, More Damage Expected

Seasonal floods have killed 94 people, injured 46 and damaged over 60,000 homes across Sudan during the current rainy season, Sudan Government has said.

The most affected area is Tuti Island, where the Blue and White Nile meet, registering the highest river waters.

The level of the Blue Nile has risen to 17.57 metres (57 feet), the Ministry of Water and Irrigation said this week, breaking all records since measurements began over a century ago.

But many fear the worst is yet to come.

Heavy rains are forecast to continue through September, both in Sudan and upstream in neighbouring Ethiopia, the source of the Blue Nile.

Sudan’s water ministry predicts that this year’s flood is larger than that of 1998, which destroyed tens of thousands of homes in several states and displaced more than a million people.

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