Since last May, the inhabitants of the village of Makaylab in Sudan have been victims of a phenomenon as frequent as it is natural. According to the spokesperson of the National Council for Civil Protection, Abdeljalil Abdelrahim, on Saturday 20 August, the heavy rains that fell on this village caused approximately 80 deaths and several material damages. To avoid further damage, the people of this village are requesting humanitarian aid from the state.
In Sudan, the rainy season extends from May to October every year. During this period, floods cause a great deal of material, human and health damage. This year again, it is the same scenario. Approximately 80 people were killed, according to the spokesperson of the National Council for Civil Protection. Huge material damage has also been recorded, with more than 50,000 houses already destroyed by the floods, according to the report published on Monday 22 August by the United Nations Humanitarian Agency (Ocha).
Many people in the village of Makaylab are homeless and desperate. “We are trying to find something, but everything is destroyed,” sadly says Haidar Abdelrahman, a resident of the flood-damaged village.
The people of the village are exposed to many diseases.
In addition to the human and material damage caused by the floods, the inhabitants of Makaylab are facing other health problems. They most often complain of infections and diseases, especially water-borne ones, associated with the proliferation of mosquitoes and insects. “People are afraid that the heavy rains will bring scorpions, snakes and other problems,” said Mr Abdelrahman.
Faced with the situation, SOS have been sent to the government and the authorities at various levels to relieve the suffering of the people of Makaylab. “People seriously need help against insects and mosquitoes, such as insecticide spraying,” says Seifeddine Soliman, another resident of the village.
Aid granted to the population by the authorities of the government .
The call of the victims in Makaylab was followed by a prompt response from the government authorities. The latter assisted the villagers. Insecticides are provided to reduce the multiplication of insects. The government’s contribution will help people avoid malaria. “The authorities have launched insecticide spraying campaigns to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes,” reassures Yasser Hachem, a Ministry of Health official.
In addition to the Sudanese government’s actions to help its people, Qatar sent two planes to Khartoum International Airport on Sunday 21 August with emergency aid including food, mosquito nets and other essential items.
Charbel Ahouandjinou (stag).