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Crisis in Eastern Africa: Humanitarian Response to Devastating Floods

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  • Humanitarian experts reported on Monday that the flooding in eastern Africa has affected nearly 750,000 individuals, leading to the displacement of 234,000 people and claiming over 236 lives, with Kenya alone accounting for more than 229 casualties.
  • OCHA stated, “The United Nations and our partners are assisting the government’s response efforts, having reached over 126,000 individuals with water and sanitation aid, 31,000 with food and cash relief, more than 5,000 with healthcare services, and nearly 26,000 with emergency shelter support.

Humanitarian experts reported on Monday that the flooding in eastern Africa has affected nearly 750,000 individuals, leading to the displacement of 234,000 people and claiming over 236 lives, with Kenya alone accounting for more than 229 casualties.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) added that local authorities in Kenya indicated a nationwide impact on more than 285,000 individuals.

OCHA stated, “The United Nations and our partners are assisting the government’s response efforts, having reached over 126,000 individuals with water and sanitation aid, 31,000 with food and cash relief, more than 5,000 with healthcare services, and nearly 26,000 with emergency shelter support.”

In Somalia, flooding has affected over 160,000 individuals, resulting in the displacement or relocation of more than 37,000 people. Since April 19, seven children have tragically lost their lives due to flooding, with Hirshabelle, Jubaland, and Southwest regions bearing the brunt of the disaster.

Humanitarian agencies reported that local authorities have provided assistance to over 70,000 people, offering food, cash, water, sanitation, shelter, and healthcare. Additionally, around 50 boats have been deployed to deliver supplies and assist in evacuations.

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“Our partners anticipate that the ongoing rains and floods may impact up to 770,000 individuals in Somalia,” remarked OCHA, “potentially exacerbating the existing cholera epidemic.”

In Burundi, nearly 180,000 people have been affected by torrential rains and the rising water level of Lake Tanganyika since January. The agricultural sector has been severely hit, with approximately 40,000 hectares, equivalent to 10 percent of the country’s crop area, being affected.

“A flood response plan, seeking $25 million, is nearing completion to aid over 300,000 individuals,” stated OCHA. “Our partners are providing healthcare, drinking water, tarpaulins, and psychosocial support.”

In Tanzania, search-and-rescue teams have been deployed by the government and partners, distributing emergency aid such as food, mattresses, mosquito nets, and tents to assist those affected by the floods.

Regarding Rwanda, heavy rains and floods have resulted in fatalities, injuries, and extensive damage to infrastructure and homes, including rice and banana plantations.

OCHA concluded, “Governments and humanitarian partners are collaborating on evacuation efforts and the overall response.”

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