26 killed, thousands displaced after Kenya floods

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From MARIA MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – AT least 26 people have been killed and about 25 000 displaced following increasingly intense rainfall in Kenya.
The inclement weather has been widespread in the coastal, northeastern, central and western regions with 13 of the 47 counties (administrative zones) suffering flooding.
Dr Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society, said the floods had resulted in huge livestock losses in some areas, displacement of communities and disruption of livelihoods.
“The continuing huge livestock losses is exposing communities that had been affected by drought, further hampering their effective recovery,” Gullet added.
Forecasts from the Kenya Meteorological Department indicate the massive rainfall is expected to continue over several parts of the country, with high intensity in western and coastal regions, as well as central highlands, notably areas around Mount Kenya.
“Our teams on the ground continue to be alert,” said Gullet.
The situation is compounded by the fact that the ground is saturated and most of the rain water being received is converted to runoff.
The East African country is coincidentally suffering the aftermath of severe drought.
More than 3 million Kenyans are food insecure.

CAJ News

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