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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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Rains in southern Brazil kill at least 39, some 70 still missing

Rains in southern Brazil kill at least 39, some 70 still missing

HEAVY rains battering Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul have killed 39 people, local authorities said, and the death toll is expected to rise as dozens still have not been accounted for. Rio Grande do Sul's civil defence authority said 68 people were still missing and at least 24,000 had been displaced as the storms affected more than half of the 497 cities in the state, which borders Uruguay and Argentina. "These numbers can still materially change over the following days as we gain access to more regions", Rio Grande do Sul Governor Eduardo Leite told reporters. In…
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More than 100 inmates escape after rain damages Nigerian prison

More than 100 inmates escape after rain damages Nigerian prison

AT least 118 inmates escaped from prison after heavy rains damaged the facility in Suleja near the Nigerian capital, a prison service spokesperson said. The downpour, which lasted several hours, wrecked parts of the medium-security prison, including the perimeter wall and surrounding buildings, spokesperson Adamu Duza said in a statement on Thursday. Service agents were hunting the fugitives and had so far recaptured 10 of them with the help of other security agencies. "We are in hot chase to recapture the rest," Duza said. He assured the public the authorities were on top of the situation. "The public is further…
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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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Collapse of goldmine in Tanzania kills 22, official says

Collapse of goldmine in Tanzania kills 22, official says

THE collapse of an illegal small-scale gold mine has killed at least 22 people in northern Tanzania following heavy rains, a senior government official said. The accident happened early on Saturday in the Simiyu region after a group of people aged between 24 and 38 years old started mining in an area where activity had been restricted due to ongoing heavy rains, Simon Simalenga, the region's Bariadi district commissioner, told Reuters. "Initially we were told that there were 19 to 20 people who were trapped in the mines but unfortunately we ended up retrieving 22 bodies," he said, adding that…
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Zambia digs for at least 25 miners buried in open-pit mudslide

Zambia digs for at least 25 miners buried in open-pit mudslide

RESCUE workers in Zambia were still searching for at least 25 informal miners buried alive three days ago by a mudslide at an open-pit copper mine, Mines Minister Paul Kabuswe said. The miners at Seseli Mine in Chingola, about 400 km (250 miles) northwest of the capital Lusaka, were trapped in three places and heavy rains had flooded the pit, the government said. It was not immediately clear how many miners were trapped, but Kabuswe said 25 families had so far come forward to claim missing relatives who were working at the mine when the accident happened. The rescue workers,…
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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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Cargo rail services to Kenya’s Mombasa port resume after flooding

Cargo rail services to Kenya’s Mombasa port resume after flooding

CARGO rail services to Kenya's Mombasa port have resumed after floods damaged a section of track over the weekend, Kenya Railways 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 stood at 52 as of Friday and is expected to rise. The loading and offloading of cargo have restarted, while the passenger service was also operating a normal service, the state-owned rail operator said in a statement posted on the social media platform X. "We…
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At least 28 people killed after rains burst dam in Cameroon

At least 28 people killed after rains burst dam in Cameroon

A wave of water released by a burst dam killed at least 28 people in Cameroon's capital Yaounde following heavy rains, with the death toll expected to rise, authorities said on Monday. A colonial-era dam gave way at around 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Sunday, unleashing water from a small lake down the steep hillside of the Mbankolo neighbourhood, said local leader Assola Joseph. The deluge swept away a large chunk of hillside, destroying homes and burying the area in debris and mud. Residents and rescue workers on Monday picked through the mess of rubble, broken timber, uprooted banana trees…
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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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