Khartoum - Flooding has killed 36 people in a region north
of Sudan's capital Khartoum, official radio said on Sunday.
"Thirty-six people were killed in Nile state and 5 000
houses were destroyed because of heavy rain and floods," Radio Omdurman
The brief report by SMS did not specify over what time
period the fatalities occurred but heavy rains affected Khartoum and the
surrounding region again on Friday, following earlier flooding which began on 1
Driven by vicious winds and accompanied by lightning, the
rain on Friday lasted about four hours in Khartoum, where even modern apartment
buildings suffered leaks.
Many Sudanese live in one-room homes built of mud bricks
which can easily wash away.
An AFP photographer on Saturday found the outskirts of
Khartoum turned into a lake, where some simple homes had been destroyed or
Residents whose houses were still standing had dragged their
belongings outside, where some sat on beds trying to stay above the brown
Before the latest deluge this weekend, the United Nations
said heavy rains and flash floods in Khartoum and other parts of Sudan had
killed 11 people and affected almost 100 000 others this month.