Heavy rain and flooding has killed 17 people and left thousands of houses demolished in central Sudan over the past five days, the governor of the country's capital said. (Aug. 7)
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Khartoum, Sudan - August 7, 2014
1. Various of vehicles and people going through flooded streets
2. Various of people standing in flood water and clearing rubble of house
3. Pan of swollen river
Heavy rain and flooding has killed 17 people and left thousands of houses demolished in central Sudan over the past five days, the governor of the country's capital said.
On Tuesday Abdul-Rahman Khidir said that central Sudan was most affected by the flood, especially the capital, Khartoum.
Images on Thursday showed houses entirely or partially collapsed and people wading through knee-high water.
Some residents appealed for help.
Heavy rain since Friday left many areas in Khartoum inaccessible, and many neighbourhoods have sunk into darkness because of power outages.
Transportation has ground to a halt, stranding thousands of families whose houses have been swept away.
Last year, at least 36 people were killed and thousands left homeless because of flooding.
Some 5,000 houses - especially mud brick homes - were destroyed, half of them beyond repair.
At the time, the opposition and some of the local press sharply criticised the government, saying it provided no relief or aid to the displaced.