Panafrican News Agency

U.S. airlift emergency assistance for flood victims in Sudan

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Monday airlifted urgently needed relief supplies to assist approximately 15,000 families affected by floods in Sudan.

A press release by the US embassy here said the  supplies arrived 19 and 20 September and were airlifted from USAID’s relief supply warehouses in Italy and the United Arab Emirates via chartered and commercial flights.

It explained that the relief items, totalling nearly 155 metric tons, included 1,500 rolls of plastic sheeting that could provide emergency shelter for 75,000 people, 30,000 blankets and 30,000 water containers. 

“The United States is working with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and other partners to distribute the critical supplies in flood-affected communities.  These airlifts are in addition to assistance the U.S. has already provided to respond to the floods through the UN and NGO partners, including food, hygiene supplies, and other critical necessities,” the release said.

It is to be noted that more than 730,000 people have been affected by the floods and the number continues to rise.

The release added that the “U.S. government is ready to respond in times of crises and stands with the people of Sudan during this disaster”. 


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