Press Statement: Germany provides humanitarian aid for flood victims in the Sudan

Aug 20, 2013

Foreign Minister Westerwelle has promised the Sudanese government assistance in dealing with the flood disaster. In cooperation with Welthungerhilfe e.V., the Federal Foreign Office is currently preparing to provide 450,000 euros worth of humanitarian assistance to help with emergency relief. The aid supplies include tents, blankets, cooking utensils, water canisters and mosquito nets.

Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in parts of the Sudan since the beginning of August. More rain is expected in the coming weeks. According to the initial estimations of international organizations, more than 150,000 people are affected. In Khartoum alone 26,000 houses have collapsed.

German humanitarian aid for the Sudan this year totals around 3.1 million euros so far. In addition to food aid and measures in the field of health, the assistance focuses on improving the basic living conditions of refugees, internally displaced persons and nomads.

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Natural catastrophes and military conflicts have, in recent years, led to a steady increase in the number of people around the world who are dependent upon humanitarian assistance. A functioning international humanitarian system is therefore gaining ever greater importance.