UN releases $5m to help flood victims in Sudan

The United Nations released nearly US$5 million (€3.7 million) from a humanitarian fund to assist victims of massive flooding in Sudan, where thousands are in urgent need of food, shelter and medicine. Torrential rains have caused flash floods in the east, south and center of the country since mid-June, causing more than 100 deaths and leaving thousands homeless. "It's very serious, and it's not enough money by any means," said UN Assistant Secretary-General Margareta Wahlstrom, the deputy emergency relief coordinator, on Wednesday. She said it was "unfortunate" that the world is focusing on the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force for Sudan's Darfur region that was recently authorized by the Security Council, not the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the floods.