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Death toll from Kenya floods rises to 228

Death toll from Kenya floods rises to 228

THE number of people killed by flooding and other impacts of the heavy rains battering Kenya has risen to 228, the interior ministry said. The torrential rains that have caused widespread flooding and landslides across the country in recent weeks are forecast to worsen in May. In a statement, the ministry said further flooding was "expected in low-lying areas, riparian areas and urban areas while landslides/mudslides may occur in areas with steep slopes, escarpments and ravines." The deluges have destroyed homes, roads, bridges and other infrastructure across East Africa's largest economy. At least 164 people have been injured by the adverse weather, while 212,630…
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Kenya’s weather outlook ‘dire’ as cyclone nears, president says

Kenya’s weather outlook ‘dire’ as cyclone nears, president says

TORRENTIAL rains that caused widespread flooding and landslides across Kenya in recent weeks, killing at least 210 people, are forecast to worsen over the rest of this month, President William Ruto said. The floods have wreaked havoc, destroying homes, roads, bridges and other infrastructure across Kenya, East Africa's largest economy. The death toll exceeds that from floods triggered by the El Nino weather phenomenon late last year. "Sadly, we have not seen the last of this perilous period, as the situation is expected to escalate. Meteorological reports paint a dire picture," Ruto said on Kenyan television. "Kenya may face its…
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Kenyan military deployed as East Africa floods kill dozens

Kenyan military deployed as East Africa floods kill dozens

KENYA'S military was deployed to rescue victims of heavy rains that have killed dozens of people across East Africa over the past month. At least 45 people have died in the floods in Kenya since March, including 10 since Monday, the Kenya Red Cross said. Large parts of the capital Nairobi and other major towns are underwater, forcing thousands of residents to leave their homes. Collins Obondo, 38, lost at least four relatives in the flooding on Wednesday in Nairobi's densely-populated Mathare neighbourhood, which lies along the Nairobi River. "The body of my mother's neighbour was trapped right across here…
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Seychelles declares emergency after explosion and flooding

Seychelles declares emergency after explosion and flooding

A blast at an explosives store wrecked buildings and caused massive damage to an industrial zone on the Seychelles' main island Mahe, officials said, prompting the president to declare a state of emergency. The blast shook the island as heavy rains triggered flooding which killed three people, the president told reporters on Thursday, calling for a minute of silence. Footage broadcast on national television showed streets covered in deep mud and strewn with debris and uprooted trees. "Following an explosion at the CCCL explosives store that has caused massive damage to the Providence Industrial area and the surrounding areas and…
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Climate adaptation funds are not reaching frontline communities: what needs to be done about it

Climate adaptation funds are not reaching frontline communities: what needs to be done about it

COMMUNITIES around the world face increasingly severe and frequent impacts from climate change. They are on the “frontlines” of droughts, flooding, desertification and sea level rise. International climate finance is supposed to help. In the 2015 Paris Agreement, the world’s wealthiest countries pledged US$50 billion annually to support climate adaptation among those “particularly vulnerable” to climate change. Climate adaptation is the adjustments humans make to reduce exposure to climate risk. KATHERINE BROWNE, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute Eight years later, it is clear that this money is failing to reach vulnerable “frontline communities”, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, Mozambique, Zimbabwe,…
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Death toll from flooding in Somalia climbs to nearly 100

Death toll from flooding in Somalia climbs to nearly 100

THE number of people killed by floods from heavy rains in Somalia has climbed to 96, state news agency SONNA said. "Somalia's flood death toll climbs to 96," SONNA said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, adding the figure had been confirmed by Mahamuud Moallim, the head of the country's disaster management agency. Like the rest of East and Horn of Africa, Somalia has been battered by relentless heavy rains that began in October, caused by the El Nino and Indian Ocean Dipole weather phenomena. Both are climate patterns that impact ocean surface temperatures and cause above-average rainfall. The…
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Kenya’s rail operator halts cargo services to Mombasa port after floods

Kenya’s rail operator halts cargo services to Mombasa port after floods

FLOODING and landslides in Kenya's coastal region have halted rail cargo services to and from the port city of Mombasa, the state-owned rail operator said. Heavy rains linked to the El Nino phenomenon, followed by flash floods, have submerged towns across East Africa, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. In Kenya, the death toll from the floods stands at at least 46 and is expected to rise. Floods and a landslide on the railway line between the capital Nairobi and Mombasa have forced Kenya Railways to close all-cargo services, it said in a statement. The railway also moves cargo to other…
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Himalayan lake flooding in India kills 18, nearly 100 missing

Himalayan lake flooding in India kills 18, nearly 100 missing

AT least 18 people were killed and nearly 100 were missing after heavy rains caused a Himalayan glacial lake in northeast India to burst its banks, the worst such disaster in the region in more than 50 years. Lhonak Lake in Sikkim state overflowed on Wednesday, causing major flooding that authorities said had impacted the lives of 22,000 people. It is the latest deadly weather event in South Asia's mountains being blamed on climate change. The weather department said Sikkim received 101 mm (4 inches) of rain in the first five days of October, more than double normal levels, unleashing…
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Five questions for African countries that want to build climate-resilient health systems

Five questions for African countries that want to build climate-resilient health systems

EVERY day seems to bring a new headline about a devastating climate event. African countries aren’t spared. A “rain bomb” in South Africa. Flooding in Nigeria. Cyclones battering Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. Drought in Kenya. These events have enormous health and social effects, among them death, injuries, malnutrition and diseases (infectious and non-communicable). This all puts tremendous pressure on countries’ health systems, both in terms of caring for those affected and because facilities like hospitals and clinics are vulnerable to damage and destruction. Authors BOB MASH, Distinguished Professor, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Stellenbosch University CHRISTIAN LUEME…
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Villagers flee after Kakhovka dam destroyed, flooding Ukraine war zone

Villagers flee after Kakhovka dam destroyed, flooding Ukraine war zone

A torrent of water burst through a massive dam on the Dnipro River that separates Russian and Ukrainian forces in southern Ukraine, flooding a swathe of the war zone and forcing villagers to flee. Ukraine and its Western allies accused Russia of blowing up the dam in a deliberate war crime. The Kremlin said it was Ukraine that had sabotaged the dam, to distract attention from a counteroffensive Moscow claims is faltering. Some Russian-installed officials said the dam had burst on its own. Neither side offered immediate public evidence of who was to blame. The Geneva Conventions explicitly ban targeting dams in…
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