News / Africa

Heavy Rains in Kenya Kill Dozens, Displace Tens of Thousands

Homes flooded by water after the river Sondu Miriu burst it's banks in southern Nyanza , Kenya, April 29, 2012.Homes flooded by water after the river Sondu Miriu burst it's banks in southern Nyanza , Kenya, April 29, 2012.
x
Homes flooded by water after the river Sondu Miriu burst it's banks in southern Nyanza , Kenya, April 29, 2012.
Homes flooded by water after the river Sondu Miriu burst it's banks in southern Nyanza , Kenya, April 29, 2012.
TEXT SIZE - +

NAIROBI - Continually heavy rains have wreaked havoc across Kenya, claiming dozens of lives and displacing tens of thousands people. .


The Kenya Red Cross Society reports that at least 65 people have died since March because of landslides, flash floods and other effects of the heavy rains that have been pounding the country.


The rains have displaced more than 100,000 people - almost 15,000 households - whose homes were washed away.


The most affected areas of Kenya are Nyanza Province, parts of Rift Valley Province, sections of the capital Nairobi and parts of Coast province.


Dr. Ali Outtara is medical coordinator for the aid agency Doctors Without Borders in Kenya. He said his group has provided medical services and other support to affected communities in Suba and Homa Bay districts in western Kenya.


He said in recent times his agency has had to allocate increasing resources to cope with the floods.


"The budget - usually we allocate for those flood interventions. But that was even increased, you see: double or even triple because really we are assisting more and more people we are having for these floods," said Outtara. "[In] Suba, we intervened in three kinds of intervention in less than three months."


He said the severity of floods also has increased.


"You have many people who are really losing everything, even a house and all those kind of things. There were also some deaths," said Outtara.


Outtara said the most common illnesses that have been by Doctors Without Borders in the flood areas are malaria, respiratory diseases and skin conditions. Some pit latrines have been washed away by the flood waters, raising sanitation and contamination concerns.


His agency and others have been providing blankets, drinking water, mosquito nets, food and other supplies.


According to the Kenya Meteorological Department, flooding has mainly resulted from several rivers bursting their banks, while landslides occurred after soils have been saturated.

 

You May Like

Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

There were few media reports of protests and clashes around the country, but so far no significant violence More

Sharks More Evolved than Previously Thought

The discovery could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history” More

Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid