"The probability of floods of this current magnitude is once every 50 years."
(according to Somalia Water & Land Infromation Management)
Emergency Appeal: A combination of flash flooding and torrential rain have claimed the lives of over 300 people and 20,000 live-stock across East Africa with the countries of Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, and Rwanda being the hardest hit. HHRD has activated its "Africa Relief Fund" to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by these floods, in danger of displacement as well as, water borne diseases.
The highest displaced populations are reported in the counties of Tana River, Turkana, Mandera, and Kilifi in Kenya.
Situation on The Ground: On going torrential in Kenya have flooded 32 of its 47 counties claiming the lives of 100 people and displacing over 260,000. Damages to infrastructure and limited access to humanitarian relief will only make the situation worse.Most countries in this region were struggling with damages to livestock, farms, and homes due to the ongoing drought; however, this tragic twist of uncontrollable water has further devastated an already weakened region. With rain in the forecast for next few days there is serious risk for landslides.
(photo credit: AP)
Somalia: A national state of emergency has been declared with over 700,000 affected and rains showing no sign of slowing down. The river banks of the only two rivers in the region, Shebelle and Jubba rivers, are bursting destroying homes and lands.
(photo credit: Photographer Andrew Kasuku/AP in Kenya)
Uganda: Flash flooding is cutting off Malaba-Kampala highway at Agro Bridge bringing everything to a standstill as trucks, taxis and pedestrians remain stranded with one reported death in the region.Tanzania: Flooding in the region has displaced close to 4,000 homes as the mainland and Zanzibar are affected by heavy rains. Residents are seeking shelter on their rooftops as the rainfall claims 9 lives in the region. Poor public drainage and unplanned housing has made the situation in the coastal city of Dar e Salaam extremely challenging for aid workers to assist.
Health Care Risk: 2018 brought with it cases of cholera to the region and this latest disaster could possible lead to a large-scale cholera as well as, mosquito borne viral outbreak. Heavy rains and floods are causing water levels to rise and increasing sanitation concerns in affected communities. Damages to educational institutes and health care facilities limit the control on these health risks. The international community is being implored to send in emergency relief in the form of shelter, medicine, food, and sanitation items.
More Than A Number: The United Nations has reported over 500,000 affected and over 175,000 displaced from these recent floods and rain. Food shortages are reported amongst the displaced population, despite government support to affected households.
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