Devastating East Africa Floods Claim 528 Lives in the Midst of Intense Rainfall

Over 528 individuals have lost their lives due to heavy downpours and sudden floods wreaking havoc in East Africa, as stated by the United Nations relief agency on Friday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that about 1.6 million individuals have been affected by the calamity, with a majority hailing from Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, including around 482,320 people in dire need of shelter.

The OCHA revealed that humanitarian organizations throughout East Africa are actively collaborating with local governments to carry out search and rescue missions, assess the pressing needs of the affected populations, stockpile essential supplies, and offer immediate aid. The latest update on the heavy rains was disseminated from Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.

The forecast suggests that the rainfall in the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya, Somalia, as well as southern-southeast Ethiopia, will gradually decrease towards the end of May.

Nonetheless, the Climate Prediction and Applications Center of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development anticipates that multiple areas within the region – such as Djibouti, Eritrea, central and northern Ethiopia, western and coastal Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Sudan – are likely to experience above-average precipitation from June to September.

The period from June to September marks a crucial rainy season, especially in the northern and western territories of the Greater Horn of Africa. During this time, these regions typically receive more than 40% of their annual rainfall, with certain parts in the north witnessing upwards of 90% of their yearly precipitation.

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