UNHCR Sounds Alarm as Torrential Rain Leaves Thousands of African Refugees Homeless

The UNHCR warns that without support to brace for, endure, and recover from climate-triggered crises, people are at greater risk of being uprooted again.

Kenya, alongside Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Burundi, is facing abnormal heavy rains in the Horn of Africa, with warmer temperatures causing heat stress in parts of South Sudan and Somalia.

Nearly 20,000 individuals in Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya have been displaced by rising water levels, with some forced to seek shelter in damaged schools, leading to a heightened risk of waterborne illnesses.

In Burundi, around 32,000 refugees, half of the refugee population, are impacted by floods, with 500 requiring urgent assistance, while in Bujumbura, families are constantly relocating due to rising water levels.

Access to necessities like food has become more challenging as prices soar due to expensive canoe transport fees, affecting countries such as Somalia and Tanzania, where internally displaced persons and refugees are severely impacted by floods.

The UNHCR is actively providing assistance to refugees and communities affected by the floods, highlighting the need for better preparation and early intervention, as current funding to combat climate change impacts is failing to reach displaced individuals and host communities.

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