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Flooding kills at least one in Senegal’s capital

Flooding kills at least one in Senegal’s capital

AT least one person was killed and one severely wounded after torrential rain caused intense flooding in Senegal's capital, Dakar, a police officer said. Unusually heavy downpours hit the city for the second time in less than a month, sending brown, knee-deep water gushing down streets and grid-locking traffic. Videos shared on Twitter showed submerged underpasses and water pouring through the windows of abandoned vehicles. A police officer told Reuters that one person had drowned in the middle-class neighbourhood of Mermoz. Another person was rescued in serious condition and taken to hospital, he said. Rain typically falls in intense bursts…
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Flooding devastates rural areas south of Sudan’s capital

Flooding devastates rural areas south of Sudan’s capital

AFTER annual rains that have left dozens dead in Sudan, thousands of people in the farming town of Al Managil and surrounding villages have lost homes and property in what they say is the worst flooding in a decade. "We've lost everything," said 29-year-old Butheyna Alhadi, speaking to Reuters amid the ruins of her family home. "Five families lived here and now it's destroyed. We have no shelter and we've lost all our property." Nationwide, more than 150,000 people have been affected by flooding so far this year, double the number at the same stage of last year's rainy season,…
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Monsoon floods kill 42 people, millions stranded in Bangladesh, India

Monsoon floods kill 42 people, millions stranded in Bangladesh, India

AT least 25 people were killed by lightning or landslides over the weekend in Bangladesh while millions were left marooned or homeless in low-lying northeastern parts hit by the worst monsoon floods in the country's recent history, officials said. In the neighbouring Indian state of Assam, at least 17 people were killed during the wave of flooding that began this month, police officials said on Sunday. Many of Bangladesh's rivers have risen to dangerous levels and the runoff from heavy rain from across Indian mountains exacerbated the situation, said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, the head of the state-run Flood Forecasting and Warning…
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South Africa flooding victims traumatised and homeless

South Africa flooding victims traumatised and homeless

KIM HARRISBERG WHEN Nozipho Sithole closes her eyes to sleep, she still hears the screams of her neighbour's two young children as they were swept away by the floodwaters that killed hundreds of people in South Africa last month. Like Sithole, many of those living in a community hall in the eastern city of Durban are haunted by what they saw, and what they lost. Muffled sobs echo through the shelter at night, she said. "The night the floods started, the sand looked like it was boiling from the water, the whole house was moving," said the 35-year-old, who gave…
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SA floods “a teachable moment”

SA floods “a teachable moment”

KIM HARRISBERG AS downpours swamped South Africa's third-largest city this week, residents lucky enough to still have internet access and power shared harrowing videos of highways turned into rivers, collapsed buildings and flood-capsized cars. The deluge has killed more than 300 people in KwaZulu-Natal province, and with more heavy rain expected on the weekend residents and experts questioned whether the city had prepared sufficiently for worsening weather extremes. "We don't have the government's attention," complained Siya Gumede, 26, outside his home in Shakaskraal township north of Durban - a home now with only walls after a neighbouring church collapsed onto…
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Storm Ana deaths rise to 88, 2nd storm brews in east Africa

Storm Ana deaths rise to 88, 2nd storm brews in east Africa

TROPICAL Storm Ana has killed at least 88 people across southern and eastern Africa, with recovery operations still ongoing as another storm threatened more severe weather. Storm Ana passed over Madagascar on January 22, adding to days of already intense rainfall. The country declared a state of disaster on Thursday night, reporting a rise in the death toll from Ana to 48, with people killed by landslides and collapsing buildings or washed away. Ana then made landfall in Mozambique on January 24, where 20 have been reported dead, before moving inland to Malawi, where it triggered massive power cuts. Malawi's…
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The Nile river led to Khartoum’s growth, but now threatens the city

The Nile river led to Khartoum’s growth, but now threatens the city

ANDREA ZERBONI, Associate professor, University of Milan OVER the past few weeks, floods – following exceptionally heavy rains – have hit Sudan. Many parts of the country have been affected though it has been particularly destructive in Khartoum, the capital city. In and around the city, flooding of the Nile River has killed almost one hundred people, destroyed more than 1,000 houses and the incidence of water-borne diseases is now also rising. Along the Nile River in Sudan, floods are not unusual and destructive events have been recorded, for instance in 1946 and 1988. But, over recent years, the levels…
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OPINION: Want to heal Africa’s degraded land? Go local

OPINION: Want to heal Africa’s degraded land? Go local

WANJIRA MATHAI and SALIMA MAHAMOUDOU IN Kenya and Niger, the countries that we call home, the land is hurting. Across Africa, land degradation is threatening the health of 1 billion people, eroding opportunity just as it erodes the soil. That crisis is compounded by the impact of COVID-19, which could push a further 49 million people into extreme poverty. But this is not the future that we foresee for Africa’s vital landscapes. We see thousands of communities healing forests, farms, and pasture across 100 million hectares of land, an area the size of Egypt, by 2030. What makes us believe in this…
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Conservationists trying to save Kenyan giraffes stranded on flooding island

Conservationists trying to save Kenyan giraffes stranded on flooding island

CONSERVATIONISTS are working to rescue giraffes stranded on an island in Lake Boringo in western Kenya after heavy rains led to the flooding of their rangeland habitat, threatening the animals with drowning. Relentless rains have increased lake levels which began to swallow up the peninsula where the giraffes have been living. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in collaboration with the United States-based Save Giraffes Now and Kenya's Northern Rangelands Trust rescued two of the giraffes with a custom-made steel barge and is working to rescue the remaining six from the island. "There is great urgency to execute this rescue," said…
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Flooded out, hungry South Sudan farmers race to plant fresh crops

Flooded out, hungry South Sudan farmers race to plant fresh crops

STEPHEN TEKAJUOK AFTER the worst rains in living memory inundated her fields, South Sudan farmer Alexandra Karama is, like hundreds of thousands of her compatriots, staring hunger in the face. Her smallholding is located outside the western town of Mundri, one of the worst affected areas where swathes of crops have failed. "My groundnuts have all been swept by the water... Nothing is left, no sorghum (either)," Karama, a grandmother, told Reuters in Mundri town, where she has been forced to seek shelter at a U.N. compound. Like much of east Africa, South Sudan has been affected by unusually prolonged…
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