The already fragile food security situation in Sudan is likely to be compromised due to the ongoing floods, following the destruction of thousands of hectares of crops just before the harvest. Several farms are flooded, especially in riverine areas along the White Nile, Blue Nile and Nile rivers, according to WFP. The situation is especially concerning for farmers in different parts of River Nile State, where nearly 120,000 people are severely food insecure, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis. Across the state, around 36 per cent of farms are still flooded, according to WFP. In Sennar State, at least 21 per cent of the crops are flooded, which will likely extend the ongoing lean season that left over 373,000 facing severe hunger. The situation is also critical in Northern State—more than 24 per cent of farms flooded and nearly 80,000 people severely food insecure—and Blue Nile, a state where almost 433,000 people are facing hunger and 14 per cent of the farms are now under water.
Humanitarian partners continued to provide food assistance to thousands of people affected by floods. In total, nearly 97,000 people received assistance, mainly in Khartoum (19,000 people), East Darfur (13,700), White Nile (8,500), Kassala (7,200), North Darfur (2,200), Sennar (38,500) and Red Sea (12,000 people).
In Sennar, over 7,700 families received a monthly food ration in Abu Hujar, Sennar, Ad Dali and As Suki localities. The Food Security Cluster is organizing now food distributions for another 6,200 families in Sennar, Sharg Sennar and Ad Dinder localities.
In East Darfur, more than 2,730 families from Al Firdous Locality received food assistance to cover their needs for the next three months.
Livelihoods support is also taking place. In Sennar, for example, COOPI provided sorghum to 1,334 farmers in Sinja, As Suki and Abu Hujar.
High costs of transport, fuel shortages and constrained access due to damages caused by the rains in several roads are delaying the assistance. Telecommunication problems, due to poor or lack of network are also posing obstacles to receive information from several regions. In some states, especially in Sennar, there is a gap in capacity to respond due to the reduced number of humanitarian partners.