Sudan has declared a three-month state of emergency after flooding that has killed 99 people this year and affected more than half a million people, injuring 46, and damaging more than 100,000 homes. The Guardian reports that much of the flooding was triggered by heavy seasonal rains, mainly in neighbouring Ethiopia, which caused the Nile River to rise to nearly 17.5 metres at the end of August – the highest level in 100 years. The United Nations said it was supporting the national response with emergency shelter and household supplies, together with water, sanitation and hygiene assistance, food, health services, and vector control but with stocks “being depleted rapidly”, the UN is calling for wider support from the international community.