from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – SEVERE floods battering East Africa have killed hundreds of people, displaced 700 000 and affected over 1,2 million others.
The floods are historically the worst to affect the vulnerable region.
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are the worst affected as continual rains relentlessly submerge homes, schools and businesses.
Victims uprooted from their homes are camped out in tents on higher ground, in schools or other evacuation sites.
In Kenya, heavy rains and flooding have left 132 people dead.
More than 200 schools have been damaged.
Over 700 000 Somalis are affected.
Flooding in Ethiopia has displaced over 170 000 people.
In all countries, livestock have been killed, crops destroyed, water and sanitation systems affected and schooling disrupted.
Stephen Omollo, World Vision’s Vice President for East Africa, said hundreds of thousands of children were at further risk.
“They don’t have food. The water they’re drinking is dirty. Their schools have been damaged, and their parents’ means of earning an income has been destroyed by successive disasters,” Omollo lamented.
Ironically, East Africa is emerging from years of devastating droughts.
The region is also experiencing conflict and political instability.
“Over the past few years, the intensity of recurring natural disasters in Eastern Africa has been worsened by the effects of climate change,” said Christopher Hoffman, World Vision East Africa Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Director.
– CAJ News