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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 
Floods trigger death and massive displacement in Kenya: Red Cross

GENEVA (Xinhua) -- More than a month of heavy rains and the floods afterwards have claimed an estimated 100 lives and displaced nearly 260,000 people in Kenya, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Thursday.

The floods may also trigger or worsen outbreaks of disease such as malaria and cholera, and water sources have been contaminated and 33 health centres have been destroyed along with homes, crops, irrigation systems and farm equipment, and roads and train lines, the IFRC said.

According to the IFRC, many of the communities affected were already struggling to recover from the 2017 drought.

“This is a double tragedy for many communities,” said Abbas Gullet, Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society, “I’m worried that these floods will push some people beyond the brink.”

According to the Kenya Red Cross, there are already active cholera outbreaks in five of the counties affected by floods.

IFRC said that jointly with the Kenya Red Cross Society, they have launched an international emergency appeal for some 4.7 million U.S. dollars to provide shelter and settlement, health and nutrition, water and sanitation and food security and livelihoods support for 150,000 people.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Disasters caused by heavy rains kill 183 in Rwanda in 4 months

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- At least 183 people were killed and 215 others were injured in Rwanda by disasters triggered by heavy rains in the first four months of 2018, said the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees of Rwanda.

From January 1 to April 30, the disasters including floods and lightning also destroyed a total of 9,974 houses, leaving 706 people homeless, according to figures released by the ministry on Thursday.

Also destroyed were 2,450 hectares of plantations and 21 school structures, according to the figures.

The cabinet of Rwanda on Wednesday at a meeting expressed concern and sympathy to all Rwandans, especially families that have lost members and those impacted by the effects of the recent disasters.

The meeting also discussed strategies and mechanisms that will continue to support those affected by disasters and to fast-track repair of damaged properties.

           

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