‘Over 10m people at risk of water-borne diseases in Sudan’...

Dhaka, Thursday   29 October 2020

‘Over 10m people at risk of water-borne diseases in Sudan’

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:22 PM, 10 October 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

More than 10 million people in Sudan are at risk of contracting water-borne diseases following the extensive damage of floods to hundreds of water sources and the collapse of thousands of latrines, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said.

In a briefing on Friday afternoon, Stephane Dujarric, said, “Malaria and other vector-borne diseases are expected to rise, and Sudan’s already fragile food security situation will likely worsen due to the destruction of thousands of hectares of crops just before the harvest.”

Sudan is already facing dire humanitarian needs compounded by a deteriorating economic situation. Humanitarian organizations have reached over 400,000 people to date, but low funding is hampering aid workers’ capacity. Overall, the humanitarian appeal in Sudan has received less than half of the 1.6 billion requested, he added.

The devastating rains and floods that have left more than 875,000 people in need of aid and claimed more than 150 lives since July have started to subside.