Heavy rains cause havoc in Eastern Africa

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Somalis wade through flood waters after heavy rain in Mogadishu, Somalia October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
KAMPALA, UGANDA – DECEMBER 13: Motorcycles pass through water in a street after torrential rains in Kampala, Uganda on December 13, 2016. (Photo by Lubowa Abubaker/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Parts of Eastern Africa are now dealing with major problems as a result of heavy rains and flooding in recent weeks.

In Uganda, at least 26 people have been killed in floods brought about by rains in different parts of the country, the Red Cross said as authorities urged people in affected areas to relocate.

More than 300 families have been displaced as a result of the flooding and property of unknown value has been destroyed.

In Kenya, more than 50 people have been killed in floods and other incidents related to the heavy rains. More than 40 people were killed following a landslide in the north-western county of West Pokot last month.

Thousands of others have been displaced across the country while dozens of houses have been destroyed by mudslides and several roads rendered impassable.

More than 40 people were killed after massive landslides hit West Pokot County in north-western Kenya.

Most recently, 10 people were killed after a building collapsed in the capital Nairobi. Some residents attributed this to structural weaknesses of the building which were exacerbated by the rains.

Meanwhile, in Somalia, More than 300,000 people have been displaced while at least 17 others have been killed since the flooding started on October 21, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The floods were triggered by moderate to heavy Deyr seasonal rains that started early in September in many parts of Somalia and the Ethiopian Highlands.

Somalis wade through floodwaters after heavy rain in Mogadishu, Somalia October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

Some areas, such as Berdale in South West State, were cut off as most roads were rendered impassable.

Local and international entities have pledged assistance to aid the countries through this period.

Kenyan publication, the Daily Nation, on Tuesday reported that the Russian Government announced a $1 million package to the World Food Programme to help Kenya.

The United Nations said it released $18.7 million dollars to scale up life-saving assistance to people affected by floods in Somalia.

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