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MODIS instrument showing unusually extreme floods in Khartoum in 2007

On 5 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Sudan at the request of the UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA. The mechanism will provide space-based maps of the affected area.

Flood, caused by several weeks of heavy rain, has caused 20 casualties and made 6,000 individuals homeless, as 3,000 houses were destroyed and more than 2,000 affected.

Since July, when Sudan's rain season began,  floods have affected eight of Sudan's eighteen states as well as the country's capital city, Khartoum. Rescue efforts are at work, but further rain is expected over the next few days.

Satellite-based products and maps created through the mechanism will be published on the International Charter's website as soon as they become... read more

Publishing Date: 07/08/2014
Sudan seen from Space by ESA's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer in 2004

In 2003, 2007 and 2013, Sudan was particularly harshly affected by flash floods that displaced hundreds of thousands of people. In order to better prepare and warn farmers of flood events, they need access to real-time information and they need to be able to exchange and apply the information.

To fill this gap, the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) recently completed research on the potential use of satellite data in flood-based farming in Sudan. The project is support by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The target of the... read more

Publishing Date: 27/03/2014
 Heavy rain and floods in Sudan

Due to heavy rain and floods in Sudan, the International Charter was activated on 6 August 2013 in order to aid and support emergency responders in the country with space-based information. Many areas of Sudan have suffered the effects of the floods but the most affected has been Khartoum State, where 38 people have been killed, dozens more are left injured and 7,259 homes have been destroyed.

Given the fact that several areas are still flooded and it is expected that the rains will continue, the Government of Khartoum State has requested relief support from civil society organisations and capable volunteers.

Publishing Date: 06/08/2013
Training the use of space technologies for disaster risk reduction.

A workshop and training course on space-based technologies for disaster risk management are being held from 5 to 9 May 2013 in Khartoum, Sudan. Both events are organized jointly by UN-SPIDER and their partners the Remote Sensing Authority (RSA), the National Center for Research (NCR) of Sudan and the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD). The activities are supported by the Sudan Civil Defense General Administration, the Directorate of Public Health and... read more

Publishing Date: 07/05/2013

The Crowdsource Mapping Network Crisis Mappers offers a free-of charge webinar on Crisis Mapping Analytics using data from conflicts in Sudan and Libya. The presentation by Helena Puig from UNDP's Threat and Risk Mapping Analysis unit in the Sudan, is available on Youtube. The webinar is part of the Crisis Mappers' Net Webinar Series.

Crisis Mappers is a network of experts from a variety of backgrounds at the intersection between humanitarian crises, technology, crowd-sourcing, and crisis mapping. Crisis Mappers leverage mobile and web-based applications, participatory maps and crowdsourced event data, aerial and satellite imagery, geospatial platforms, advanced visualization, live simulation, and... read more

Publishing Date: 27/08/2012

At the request of the Government of Sudan, through its Remote Sensing authority, UN-SPIDER with the support of several partners carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Sudan. The aim was to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management in the country and to strengthen its disaster risk management by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as response.

The expert team... read more

Publishing Date: 06/06/2011

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Space-based Technology for Disaster Risk Management Awareness and Training Course in Sudan

The training course was kicked off with a one-day awareness-raising workshop on 5 May 2013 and was followed by a four-day training course. Over 120 participants from the government, NGOs, academia, United Nations organizations and private companies in Sudan participated in the first day’s workshop. About 20 participants from the...

Date of training: 05/05/2013 to 09/05/2013

Advisory Support

Sudan is exposed to droughts, some of them triggering famines and displacements. Sudan is also exposed to floods along the Nile river, sand storms and heat stress. At the invitation of the Government of Sudan and taking into consideration an ever-increasing potential for natural disasters and the effects of climate change, UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to Sudan. The key objectives of the mission were to assess national capacity and evaluate disaster and risk reduction activities, policies and plans with regard to the use of space-based technologies.

Mission dates: 22/05/2011 to 26/05/2011

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Sudan government has embarked on a process at the national level to develop a policy and strategic plan to give clarity and direction, and ascribes accountability for water, sanitation and hygiene development. The main mission of this Ministry is to establish laws, rules and regulations concerning water resources in general, and water supply and sanitation in particular.

 

The Remote Sensing Authority (RSA) in Sudan was established in 1977, as a National Remote sensing Center (NRSC) within the National Council for Research, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In 1996 the Remote Sensing Center was renamed to Remote Sensing Authority and affiliated to the National Center for Research, Ministry of Science and Technology.

RSA is doing research in the field of remote sensing, geoinformatics and GPS technology applications for natural resources, environment and disasters. The Institute provides value-added services in natural resources management, remote sensing, GIS, GPS and technology transfer.

RSA is involved in human capacity development through education, training, and workshops awareness programs for professional as well as public.... read more

It is the apex body in the Sudanese Government to coordinate disaster management in the country. The Council is composed of 16 Ministries, the Governor of Khartoum State and the Civil Defense Administration. It is the main decision maker in case of disasters.

The Data Exchange Platform for the Horn of Africa is an inter-agency initiative of the UN and other humanitarian organizations operating in the Horn of Africa. It was launched in 2002 to meet mission-critical data and services, and increase the information base for humanitarian, emergency and development communities, in the seven countries of the Horn, namely - Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and Uganda.

The main activities of DEPHA include acquisition, development and dissemination of GIS products and services, including; Data Archival, Documentation, Editing and Distribution, GIS Analysis and Map Production, WEB... read more

Its mission is to provide weather and climate information and services of quality to help decision-makers to plan and take action to ensure food security, poverty reduction and a sustainable development. The Meteorological Authority furthermore works on the development early warning systems for disaster prevention, environmental conservation, adaptation to... read more

The Ministry of Health is focusing on the provision of equitable and quality health services that meet the Sudanese people’s expectations and needs, promote their health, improve their quality of life, and permit them to lead a dignified and prosperous life. Health is at the centre of the country’s development policy using best available evidence and efficient utilization of resources.

Website: http://www.fmoh.gov.sd/

The development of the agriculture is very important for the success of the Sudan’s aims to reduce poverty, increase the economic growth and achieve a sustainable development in the country. Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for implementing policies that allow a sustainable development, ensure food and fight against poverty.

Website: http://www.sudagric.gov.sd/

The Ministry of Science and Technology is responsible of contributing effectively to the construction of civilization by harnessing scientific research, science and technology for the development of natural resources and the achievement of economic and social development. The Ministry contributes to the achievement of excellence in the field elaboration of power, and keeping security in its comprehensive concept. Other key activities include transferring and settling appropriate technologies and taking care of and upgrading local technologies, rehabilitating infrastructures, introducing more modern equipment and developing human resource.

 

Disaster

Following the Government of Sudan?s decision on 4 March 2009 to order thirteen international humanitarian agencies and three national NGOs working in Darfur and other parts of the country to leave, concerns have mounted over possible humanitarian gaps and the availability of operational, management, and coordination capacities to deliver humanitarian assistance. The Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) was approached by the authorities to explore possibilities to fill some gaps, not only in Darfur state but also in the rest of the country. The Federation, working in support to the National Society, has been closely monitoring the situation and has had a number of meetings with key stakeholders within and outside the Movement to gain a better understanding of the humanitarian impact and consequences, and to explore an expanded role for the SRCS within its mandate and capacities.

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Due to Khartoum's heavy rains and flooding, five brothers died following a house collapse in Omdurman, the authorities have confirmed that over 20,000 houses have been destroyed by the rains.

Source: Glide Number  

More deaths and destruction of southlands of houses in Khartoum's rain

Source: Miraya FM

At least 33 people were killed and several others were missing following powerful floods in eastern Sudan on Thursday (15 Jul 2010)

Source: glidenumber

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