Following floods, Sudan's Security and Defense Council declared a national state of emergency on 5th September 2020, designating the country as a natural disaster zone. Floods affected 17 states of Sudan, causing 101 deaths, the total or partial destruction of 100,000, and 500,000 displaced persons.
The Khartoum Office of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) intervened by distributing 15 truckload of sand and 2500 jute sacks to 1500 families in five villages of Jabal Awliya in the State of Khartoum, namely Umrabah, Asal, Khamar, Wad Mukhtat, Umgaragoor, especially in light of the expected deterioration of weather conditions.
Volunteers from the beneficiary communities filled the sacks with sand and placed them in specific points to prevent and/or reduce flood water damage and to protect the foundations of structures such as schools, health centers, mosques. The distribution was led by the Italian NGO COOPI and the Sudanese NGO SORR, and followed a rapid assessment of the most affected areas and the most urgent needs by the cluster Emergency Shelter/Non-Food Items (NFI) coordinated by UNHCR and which AICS Khartoum took part in.