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Three Million Sudanese Affected By Floods – FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization has said record floods in Sudan have affected nearly one-third of cultivated land and close to 600,000 households.

About three million people have also been affected in the country which is already struggling with an economic crisis and one of the world’s highest rates of inflation when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

The U.N. agency in a report on Wednesday said over a million tonnes of grain have been destroyed, particularly sorghum, which is a staple crop, and many families are having to cut down to one small meal a day.

The floods have killed over 100 people.

Dominique Burgeon, a senior FAO official, said nearly 2.2 million hectares of cropland have been flooded and 108,000 head of livestock lost.

According to an FAO assessment, some 1.1 million tonnes of grain was destroyed in planted areas, most of it sorghum, a staple in Sudan, said Dominique Burgeon, he added.

Women from some of nearly 600,000 affected agricultural households told the FAO they were cutting down to one small meal per day after their sorghum was washed away just before harvest, he said.

Commercial crops including bananas and mangos have also been badly hit.

The floods have also destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes and left more than 100 people dead. They have affected about 150,000 refugees and displaced people, the U.N. refugee agency has said.

“It’s a severe situation that needs mobilisation and support from the international community,” Burgeon said.

The United Nations estimates that 9.6 million people face acute food insecurity in Sudan, the highest number on record.

Locust swarms that have devastated crops in the Horn of Africa this year also still threaten the country, the FAO says.

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