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Kenya. Tanzania. Floods. A school bus drowned in a flooded ravine

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At least 13 people died as a result of the floods that hit Kenya, the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported on Friday. The disaster forced the displacement of approximately 15,000 people. Tanzania is also struggling with flooding.

In the last week of March, the rainy season, called masika, began in Kenya and usually lasts until the end of May. Heavy rains are accompanied by floods, which in April led to rising water levels in rivers and flooding of many roads in various regions of the country. Many rice fields, houses and cattle farms were under water. There was a risk of disease outbreaks due to flooded latrines.

Floods in Tanzania

Heavy rains are also hitting neighboring Tanzania, where eight people, including seven students, died on Friday after a school bus carrying them drowned in a flooded ravine in Arusha, near the border with Kenya. In both East African countries, thousands of people died as a result of flooding in previous rainy seasons, mainly in lake regions and the lower reaches of major rivers.

Main photo source: Kenya Red Cross/X

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