Friday, June 14, 2013

Power, water, fuel shortages and high temperatures in parts of Sudan

A member of the Legislative Council of Red Sea state, Hamid Idris Suleiman, has warned of “a real disaster in the coming days” as the water crisis in and around Port Sudan deteriorates on a daily basis
“The high temperatures are exacerbating the situation, but the Khartoum government has not yet come up with any alternative sources or viable solutions." Suleiman told Radio Dabanga that although the Legislative Council is well disposed to the Khartoum cause, when Red Sea State Governor Mahound Tahir Aila met with President Omar Al Bashir, “he only came back with promises without solutions”

US food aid bound for Darfur is unloaded in Port Sudan

Suleiman mentions that all Governor Aila returned with was “the National Congress Party’s instruction to Legislative Council members not to talk about the water crisis again”
“The members of the Legislative Council make no decisions nor have they any political will other than that of the National Congress Party, which is run by a group headed by Al Bashir, so I did not expect that there would be any solutions forthcoming from the Khartoum government,” he said
Suleiman expressed surprise at “the efforts of the National Congress Party leaders in Red Sea state regarding mobilisation for jihad”
“By opening recruitment camps, focusing on mobilization and disregarding the drought that’s threatening their state, they are forgetting the problems of citizens who are about to die of thirst”
Radio Dabanga reported last month that Red Sea State’s Ministry of Education was to close schools and kindergartens “due to a lack of drinking water”

It would seem life is not very pleasant in Port Sudan right about now. But the jihad against the rebels is of the greatest importance apparently

Meanwhile, across the country in Nyala, South Darfur, the inhabitants of Nyala are complaining about the instability of water, fuel and electricity supplies
The city suffers from frequent cuts, so that the price of two tins of water has risen to SDG1.5 ($0.35). The price of a gallon of petrol has risen from SDG50 ($11.30) to SDG60 ($13.58) in the city, according to sources close to Radio Dabanga
This price increase has had a knock-on effect on public transport fares. Long lines have again begun to form at filling stations, with vehicle owners often spending the night at the pumps in the hope of obtaining a gallon of fuel

Nyala, capital of South Darfur

In a memorandum, the Chamber of Wholesale Traders in South Darfur has called on the State government to resolve the problem of the railway. Apparently, there has been an accumulation of goods since last March. They also called for the determining of a two-month window period for convoys of vehicles and trucks, pointing out that an increased force will be necessary for the convoys’ protection
The Chamber’s memorandum stressed the importance of the free passage of convoys during the rainy season. It also underlined the need for establishing effective security measures to counter the current “security chaos in the city of Nyala”
Nyala often faces power cuts and shortage of petrol, which affects various sectors in the local economy. Its citizens told Radio Dabanga in March that their living situation had become “intolerable”

No online weather for Nyala (B) but since it is inland from Port Sudan (A) and farther south, it will be even hotter. Omar Al Bashir is even worse than the Arselifter Brotherhood at governing! At least there is no jihad in Nyala at the moment
News reports here and here. Note: the word “jihad” appeared in the original report.