"Thousands of houses collapsed." Sudan announces the number of flood victims

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The Sudanese authorities said, on Monday, that the floods caused by torrential rains in the country had claimed the lives of five people, while destroying or damaging 3,500 homes last week.

The Sudanese Interior Minister, Tarifi Idris, said in a statement that the floods destroyed between Thursday and Saturday, 1179 dwellings, according to what "Sky News" reported.

Meanwhile, 2,173 houses were damaged in several areas; Among them are the states of Gezira (center), Blue Nile (southeast), and Darfur region (west).

The local authorities stated that the collapse of the Butt Dam on the Blue Nile due to the heavy rains had destroyed hundreds of houses, according to Agence France-Presse.

Sudan usually experiences heavy rains between June and October.

Meanwhile, the early warning unit of the Meteorological Authority warned of moderate to heavy rain accompanied by thunderstorms hitting parts of several states.