Africa Floods leave hundreds of thousands homeless in Kenya

Floods leave hundreds of thousands homeless in Kenya

Image result for commissioner of northern Kenya’s Garissa county Joshua Chepchieng
Commissioner of northern Kenya’s Garissa county Joshua Chepchieng

Hundreds of thousands of people across Kenya, especially those settled close to Tana River in the northern part, were displaced by heavy floods in the country. 

According to Red Cross officials, the elderly, women and children are the most affected as their flimsy houses are either swept away or left waist-deep in water. 

Joshua Chepchieng, the commissioner of northern Kenya’s Garissa county, told Anadolu Agency that the government is making efforts to prevent casualties.

Thousands, mostly farmers, are seeking shelter in camps erected across northern Kenya, the Red Cross said and added that food and clean water is “scarce” and access to toilets is “limited”.

In an update, the Red Cross termed the situation as a “ticking timebomb” as thousands of people are at risk of waterborne diseases.

Hassan Mohammed, a teacher in Garissa town, told Anadolu Agency: “I live in the town but my farm is near the river, I have lost hectares of mature maize to the floods, some of my goats were also swept away.”

According to a recent flood update by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the floods have displaced more than 211,000 people and reportedly killed 72 people and injured 33 across Kenya since March 2018. 

OCHA said the floods have disrupted livelihoods, with at least 8,450 acres of farmland submerged in water and more than 6,000 livestock killed.

The floods have destroyed houses and damaged infrastructure, such as roads and health facilities, it added.

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