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Floods and downpours in Kenya. The death toll is rising

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It couldn't withstand the pressure of the water dam near the town of Mai Mahiu, located approximately 30 km north of the capital, Nairobi. Emergency services are currently searching the area around the dam. Dozens of people are missing.

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Kenya: The dam failed

Nakuru County Governor Susan Kihika told AFP about the incident:

– 42 fatalities are conservative estimates. [Prawdopodobnie] there are more of them in the mud. We are working to extract them, Kihika said.

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In an interview with CNN, she added that rescuers are trying to “control the situation”, but it is “overwhelming”. Susan Kihika said she still hopes for survivors.

Access to Mai Mahiu is difficult because many roads leading to the town have been cut off by recent very heavy downpours.

Thousands of people without homes

Kenya struggles with long-lasting, heavy rainfall from mid-March. They cause flash floods in many parts of the country. The intensity of the rain has increased recently.

– The effects of the downpours on some schools have turned out to be so devastating that it will be unwise to risk the lives of students and employees before water protection and appropriate safety measures are introduced – said the Minister of Education Kenya Ezekiel Machogu.

The minister informed that for this reason Primary and secondary schools will remain closed for a week – until May 6.

According to the Kenyan authorities, 76 people have died due to downpours and floods since March. With Monday's tragedy, the tragic toll increased to over 120 deaths.

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding led to the destruction of many homes and roads across the country. As government spokesman Isaac Mwaura said already over 130 thousand people were forced to leave their homes. Many of them also had to move out of Nairobi. In the capital of the country alone, the rains destroyed almost 17,000. houses.

Located on the eastern coast of the continent Kenya it is one of the most popular tourist countries Africa. According to World Bank data, it was visited by over 2 million tourists in 2019.

Floods are devastating Africa

Kenya is not the only one struggling with heavy downpours in Africa. On Thursday, the Prime Minister Tanzania reported that at least 155 people died in the country due to floods.

W Burundi due to downpours, approximately 96 thousand people lost their homes. Storms and heavy rainfall also caused flooding in Uganda – two people died there and several hundred had to move out of their destroyed homes.

Last year, more than 300 people died in floods that swept through Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The floods came after the worst drought in four decades that devastated the region.

Source: AFP, CNN “The Guardian”

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