SUDAN LAUNCHES FLOOD AID APPEAL

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SUDAN LAUNCHES FLOOD AID APPEAL

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    Sudan launches flood aid appeal
    The
    Sudanese Government and the UN have launched an appeal to raise $20m
    (£9.9m) to help more than 400,000 people hit by floods across Sudan.The
    UN says at least three-and-a-half million could be at risk from
    water-borne diseases such as cholera.Sudanese officials described the
    floods as the worst in living memory, with heavy rains killing at least
    89 people and destroying 73,000 homes.Experts say they believe there
    will be more floods over the next few weeks.A further quarter of a
    million people could be affected in at least 12 states including Red
    Sea state, the Blue Nile and Upper Nile as well as the capital,
    Khartoum.

    Cholera fear
    The
    appeal money will be used to provide clean water as well as emergency
    shelter and food to those who are at risk.”These funds will enable us
    to save lives, to assist families who lost everything in gradually
    restoring their livelihoods, to prevent deadly epidemics, and to help
    children get back to school,” UN Undersecretary-General for
    Humanitarian Relief John Holmes said in a statement.The money will go
    towards 48 projects to be carried out around the country by seven UN
    agencies.Money already committed has enabled the UN and its partners to
    provide clean water to more than a million people and shelter to
    200,000 homeless.About 50 people were killed in a cholera outbreak
    resulting from the floods in the north-east of the country, the World
    Health Organization says.