As acute diarrhoea hit Sudan due to the lack of access to clean drinking water, more than 279 people have lost their lives to the watery disease since August last year.

UN agencies have raised concern about the prospective state of health in the country ahead of the rainy season.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Office (OCHA), in its latest bulletin, said: “Between mid-August 2016 and 2 June 2017 almost 15,000 suspected cases of acute watery diarrhoea were reported in Sudan, including 279 deaths.”

Of the total number of those affected by the disease, about 87 percent are children aged five and above, 48 per cent are males and 52 percent females. The disease is most active in Khartoum, White Nile, Senar and North Kordofan regions.  

A health official told AFP that, “It is a real concern that these cases are being reported since August and from across more than 10 states,”

“We are nearing the rainy season, and if the situation continues like this it might turn into an epidemic,” He said.