By NECJOGHA TEAM
Khartoum, Sudan – The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) has warned of increased flooding in Sudan due to the above average rainfall the country is receiving.
“Sudan received above-average rainfall in August 2019, resulting in above-average seasonal totals. Remote sensing products indicate rainfall has been well distributed over time, although consistent rainfall in Sudan and in the Ethiopian highlands has led to river flooding in several states,” says a monthly report released by FEWSNET on Tuesday.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 28 countries.
The report continues that as of late August 2019, OCHA and the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) estimate 245,700 people have been affected by heavy rains and flash floods across 15 states in Sudan. Approximately 32,851 homes have been destroyed and another 16,284 were damaged. Heavy rains through August are expected to worsen flooding in River Nile, Red Sea, Al Jazeera, White Nile, North Kordofan, North Darfur, and Khartoum states.
“Cereal prices increased across Sudan in July 2019 due to seasonal trends and the poor macroeconomic situation. Sorghum prices increased 10-20 percent between June and July, remaining on average 55 percent higher than in July 2018 and 220 percent above the recent ﬁve-year average. Livestock prices increased across all markets between June and July and were on average 150 percent above last year and over 300 percent above the five-year average,” the report reads in part.
FEWNET adds that IDPs and poor households in SPLM-N controlled areas of South Kordofan and parts of Jebel Marra of Darfur are expected to face large food consumption gaps and be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4). Poor households in parts of Red Sea, North Darfur, Northern Kassala, and North Kordofan will be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) during the peak of the lean season in August and September 2019.
It however says that food security is expected to improve as harvests begin in October, and most parts of Sudan will be in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) or Stressed (IPC Phase 2). Much of North Darfur, parts of Jebel Marra and South Kordofan, southern Blue Nile, northern Kassala, and parts of North Kordofan will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).