Severe water crisis hits war-ravaged Sudan amid soaring temperatures

News reports reveal that war, climate change, and man-made shortages have pushed Sudan—a country already beset by numerous hardships—into a severe water crisis.

In the sweltering heat, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), approximately 65,000 residents of the Sortoni displacement camp endure the impacts of the conflict between Sudan’s army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Around 110 kilometers east of Sortoni, violent clashes in North Darfur’s capital, El-Fasher, besieged by the RSF, jeopardize water access for over 800,000 civilians.

Between April 2023 and March 2024, nearly 11,000 cholera cases were recorded by the health ministry. Cholera, typically endemic in Sudan, has now become a persistent, year-round issue, according to the reports.

This outbreak coincides with the closure of most of Sudan’s hospitals, and the United States has issued a warning that, without urgent intervention, a famine of historic global proportions could occur.

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