Death, displacement spikes in Horn of Africa

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya, (CAJ News) -WORSENING drought and conflict have triggered a wave of displacements, disease and death in the Horn of Africa region.Central, northwestern and southeastern Kenya, Uganda’s Karamoja region as well as southern and central Somalia are affected.In Ethiopia, water shortages are exacerbating an ongoing cholera outbreak in 40 districts across seven zones in the Somali region.In Kenya, 303 cholera cases and five deaths have been reported since January.In May, 153 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Kisuani, Mvita, Changamwe and Likoni in Mombasa.
Uganda is suffering a measles outbreak in Kamwenge. Other districts on alert include Kampala, Mayuge and Wakiso.
In Somalia, 697cases of cholera deaths have been reported across 13 regions between January and April. As of last week, Over 7 000 measles cases have been reported.Meanwhile, Somalia recorded 68 000 new drought-induced displacements during the last week of April, an 11 percent rise within two weeks. It brings the total number of displaced to 683 000 people since November.Most arrivals are to Baidoa and Mogadishu.Border monitoring by the International Office of Migration recorded 871 outflows to Kenya and Ethiopia against 283 inflows into Somalia in April.Over 6 500 people were displaced by floods in Kenya’s Taita Taveta, Kwale and Mombasa counties.Since January, a total of 23 058 Somalis have voluntarily returned home from Kenya in recent weeks.However, 509 Somalis crossed into camps in Garissa during the same period.Over 843 000 people remain displaced due to drought, flood and conflict in Ethiopia, with some 4,500 Somalis crossing into Ethiopia’s Somali region since the start of the year.In Kenya, torrential rains have caused floods and landslides in Kwale, Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Garissa counties, including in Dadaab camp.
– CAJ News

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