27 Apr 2024 | Kenya

Kenya Floods Death Toll Rising

Intense downpours have ravaged parts of East Africa, leaving over 110,000 people displaced and numerous neighborhoods submerged in floodwaters. In Kenya, particularly hard-hit areas include the capital Nairobi and surrounding regions, where floodwaters have stranded residents, blocked roads, and prompted authorities to urge evacuations in several sub-counties, namely Kasarani, Mathare, Kibra, Roysambu, Kamukunji, and Westlands.

The situation has prompted Kenya Railways to suspend all commuter train services from Nairobi Central Station due to flooding, exacerbating transportation challenges in the affected areas. With disruptions extending across at least 21 out of Kenya’s 47 counties, the flooding crisis is compounded by forecasts predicting further rainfall until at least May 1. The Kenya Meteorological Department warns of continued rainfall across various regions, prolonging the threat of flooding and associated hazards.

Attributed to climate change, the flooding has wreaked havoc on livelihoods, resulting in the loss of over 960 livestock and destruction of 24,000 acres of croplands. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has disclosed these staggering losses, emphasizing the urgent need for comprehensive disaster response and climate resilience measures.

As Kenya grapples with the aftermath, neighboring countries like Tanzania and Burundi are also grappling with the devastating effects of heavy rains. Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa revealed that the death toll from the rains in Tanzania has reached 155, highlighting the widespread impact of the weather phenomenon in the region. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee their homes in Burundi, further exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.

The current flooding crisis in East Africa underscores the urgent need for robust disaster response and climate resilience measures. With East Africa still reeling from the impacts of record floods in late 2023, the ongoing crisis highlights the vulnerability of the region to extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.

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