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Heavy rains and flash floods kill 30 people in Kenya and Somalia, displace thousands

7 Nov 2023 11:42

Heavy rains and flash flooding have killed at least 30 people and displaced tens of thousands in Kenya and Somalia, Associated Press (AP) reported on Monday.

In Somalia, the federal government declared a national emergency after the extreme weather killed at least 14 people and destroyed homes, roads and bridges. Emergency and rescue workers were trying to reach an estimated 2,400 residents trapped by floodwaters in the Luuq district of southern Somalia’s Jubaland state.

The heavy rains in Somalia follow four consecutive years of drought that pushed the country to the brink of famine.

In neighbouring Kenya, the Kenya Red Cross said the death toll had risen to 15 since the heavy rains began Friday, with the port city of Mombasa and the northeastern counties of Mandera and Wajir the worst affected.

As of Sunday, flash floods had destroyed 241 acres of agricultural farmland and killed 1,067 livestock animals, the Kenya Red Cross reported.

Source: WAM
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