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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…

Shabelle River Overflows, Triggering Devastating Floods in Beledweyne

In Beledweyne, floods ravaged the town due to heavy rains causing the Shabelle River to overflow, inundating homes and forcing residents to find safety on higher ground. Government warnings about the intense rains urged people to evacuate, yet the flooding still overwhelmed several neighborhoods, leaving houses partially underwater and families displaced. Commissioner of the Somali Disaster Management Agency (SoDMA), Mahamuud Moallim, discussed with the head of OCHA in Somalia about the coordination of the Humanitarian…

WFP Utilizes Proactive Measures to Lessen Flooding Consequences in Somalia

From high above Beledweyne, Somalia, flooded streets paint a picture of devastation. The UN World Food Program (WFP) announced the successful execution of a proactive plan to minimize the impact of El-Nino-induced floods in Somalia. Implemented across Baardheere, Luuq, Jowhar, and Beledweyne, the pre-emptive strategy aimed to safeguard lives and livelihoods. The WFP, in collaboration with partners, revised and enhanced early warning systems for flood risks, ensuring dissemination to the communities before, during, and after…

Safeguarding Somalia: WFP and SODMA Unveil Proactive Strategy to Combat El Niño Flooding

In Mogadishu, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Somali Disaster Management Agency (SODMA) have activated an Anticipatory Action (AA) plan to prepare for expected floods caused by El Niño in Baardheere, Luuq, Jowhar, and Beletweyne. This plan, which started in April 2024, is the second time the Somalia Anticipatory Action Plan has been put into motion, with the first being in October 2023. The AA plan included sending out early warnings to around 1.9 million people via local radios, ringtones, and social media managed…

Crucial Pleas for Assistance as Catastrophic Flooding Ravages Eastern Africa

  The process of flood evacuation organized by the Kenya Red Cross. Photo: X/@kenyaredcrossNAIROBI (AX) — Severe floods have wreaked havoc on parts of Kenya, Somalia, Burundi, and Tanzania in Eastern Africa. The latest reports from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) indicate that approximately 848,773 individuals have been affected by the intense seasonal rains, resulting in the displacement of over 350,155 people. Immediate international assistance is required to support the ongoing humanitarian…

Nearly One Million People in East Africa Affected by Devastating Floods and Landslides, According to UNICEF

Deserted vans in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Photographer: AP Photo Nairobi (AX) - UNICEF has reported that almost one million people in Eastern Africa are suffering from floods and landslides caused by heavy rains, stressing the urgent need for humanitarian aid. The latest report on East Africa flood situation from UNICEF states that a large number of individuals have been displaced in Burundi, Kenya, Somalia, and Tanzania. Extensive damage has been recorded, including impacts on homes, schools, infrastructure, as well as the…

Beledweyne Town Endures Second Day of Flooding Amid Relentless Downpour

Fleeing persists in Beledweyne as floods from heavy rains continue for a second day. The Koshin neighborhood, especially Raderka and Kutiimbo villages, remains heavily impacted. Families stuck in homes for 24 hours due to overwhelming floods describe the terrifying experience. One stranded resident in Kutiimbo neighborhood recounts how water flooded in while they slept.  Local officials and rescue teams are aiding those affected by floods in Beledweyne, with no casualties reported.

Devastating floods compel mass evacuations in Beledweyne community

In the heart of Somalia, families evacuated Beledweyne due to heavy rain sparking floods. Villages like Kutimbo and Radeerka were hit hard. "The rain caught us off guard, flooding our homes. With our children, we fled to higher ground, battling the cold. Our homes remain underwater, so we can't go back yet," shared a resident. Thankfully, there have been no casualties as local authorities and rescue teams work to help those impacted. Beledweyne, the capital of Hiiraan region, is 300 kilometers north of Mogadishu.

The death toll from flooding in Kenya has risen to 70 since March.

Residents retrieve their belongings post-flood in Nairobi; Flooding and heavy rains claim at least 70 lives in Kenya, exacerbating the impact of climate change in East Africa. The death toll has doubled from earlier reports, with severe downpours affecting Kenya and other vulnerable East African nations. Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura confirmed 70 fatalities due to floods, 32 of which were in Nairobi, and 15 in the Rift Valley region. Over 120,000 people are displaced, 22 are injured, and 8 are missing. The…

Kenya has set aside 30 million USD to address the flooding situation as the number of fatalities climbs to 70.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua announced that Kenya has allocated 4 billion shillings to address the severe flooding caused by heavy rains in the country. The government is taking steps to prevent further disasters from the ongoing rains, despite the meteorological department's warning of continued heavy rainfall for the next three days. Since the heavy rainfall began, 70 people have died, 22 have been injured, and eight are missing. A total of 131,179 people have been affected by the floods, with plans in place to…

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