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
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
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