The European Commission is mobilising humanitarian aid experts to assess the needs of people affected by the recent severe flooding in Sudan. The Commission is ready to increase its humanitarian assistance to the people of Sudan if needed.
"I have mobilised experts from the EU's humanitarian aid service to urgently assess the needs on the ground as soon as access to the affected areas is possible", Commissioner Georgieva said.
"I am confident that the Government of Sudan will rapidly allow humanitarian organisations to access the affected areas. It is crucial that assessments can be carried out urgently to understand the level and type of assistance required. This will allow for the provision of much-needed relief assistance to the flood victims", she added.
Since early August, heavy rains and flash floods have affected an estimated 147 000 people across Sudan, including more than 84 000 people in Khartoum, the worst-affected state. There is extensive damage to houses and infrastructure.
The humanitarian assistance provided to Sudan by the European Commission currently stands at more than €76 million for 2012-2013.