KHARTOUM - In the worst floods in 25 years, a leading international Muslim organization has issued a statement urging Arab and Muslim countries, relief organizations and donors to help hundreds of thousands of Sudanese people affected by heavy rains.
The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), in light of this distressing humanitarian situation, calls on the Arab and Muslim nation as well as relief organizations to perform their (humanitarian) duty towards the afflicted Sudanese, the IUMS said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
We call on philanthropists and relief organizations to hasten to aid the affected through Zakah, charity, and endowments funds, the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) obtained by OnIslam.net.
Heavy floods have hit Sudan early in August killing about 50 people and affecting more than 500,000, according to government figures.
A report issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs put the number of people affected at more than half a million.
"An estimated 574,540 people have been affected," OCHA said.
Describing flooding as the worst in 25 years, the report said that the capital, Khartoum, and its surrounding region is worst-hit, with more than 180,000 people affected.
But figures cited by the UN show that almost every other state has also been struck.
War-torn Blue Nile is among the worst, with more than 125,000 people affected there.
The state-linked Sudanese Media Centre reported that heavy rains hit Blue Nile state on Monday.
Meeting this duty (of aiding the victims) is also required in response to Allah's command to do good and cooperate with each other, IUMS said.
It is a responsibility that we all share; Allah will hold us accountable if we fail to provide them suitable food, medicine and shelter.
International humanitarian groups have already started their work in floods stricken areas.
The level of the Blue Nile is rising at an alarming rate and is expected to continue rising as heavy rains are reported in the Ethiopian highlands, Kamal Awouda, emergency response manager of Plan humanitarian organization in Sudan, told Reuters.
Children are usually the most affected in such disasters. We will strive to ensure that children are protected and their needs are fulfilled.
Official figures place the number of children killed at 31, through drowning or electrocution, with a further 158 injured by floating debris.
Aid workers for Plan have distributed food and water to those in need, as well as providing spray pumps to help combat malaria.
The charity is also preparing to help villages prepare for future emergencies and lessen the impact of floods.
The rainy season is at its beginning and according to the metrological department more heavy rain is expected, Awouda added.
We'll keep monitoring the situation and continue assessing damage and needs.