More floods to hit northern Kenya as U.N. sounds alarm over emergency food aid


More floods to hit northern Kenya as U.N. sounds alarm over emergency food aid

More floods are expected to hit the country this week with the government being urged to support those displaced from their homes in northern Kenya.

The United Nations and Red Cross have sounded the alarm particularly over Wajir where trucks carrying emergency food supplies were unable to reach those in need after a bridge leading to the county collapsed.

According to OCHA, the heavy rainfall which started in early October has affected more than 100,000 people.

14,000 are said to have been displacing and 29 people killed in flash floods, mudslides and landslides in various counties.

Wajir County is among the hardest-hit.

The report further says that the rains follow a period of prolonged drought which saw the number of people needing food aid in Kenya rise to 3.1 million.

Roads were destroyed and access to health and education services severly hampered.

According to Action Against Hunger regional director Hajir Maalim, the effect of the floods are the worst in the country’s history.

The floods that have affected the East African region, have forced hundreds of thousands to leave their homes in Somalia, the BBC reported.

The rains are expected to continue throughout the week.

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