Published on : Friday, November 29, 2019
Flash flooding has submerged Djibouti. The government of the small East African country is claiming that the equivalent of two years’ rain has fallen in a single day due to which the current situation has prevailed.
Several regional countries including Kenya are struggling to cope with the heavy rains in their respective areas.
As per a joint Djibouti-UN statement, around 250,000 people have been affected in recent days. The heavy rain forecast is in place for November end and experts suggest that the number of sufferers might grow.
Djibouti happens to be one of the world’s most vulnerable non-island nations. Flooding has been attributed to climate change. The nation hosts military bases for the United States, China and others because of its Red Sea strategic position.
Neighbouring Somalia has also been hit by recent flooding.
The reports suggest said that around 120 people have been killed in flooding and mudslides during an unusually severe rainy season in Kenya while over 60 people lost their lives over the weekend in West Pokot county.
As of now, over 18,000 people across Kenya are displaced. Not only the Infrastructure has been damaged but sending aid to the needy people has also become very tough.
Doctors have warned that diseases might spread in the region due to contaminated water.
Doctors at the West Pokot County Referral Hospital are saying that they have received many child patients who are said to be suffering from pneumonia, diarrheal illness and other problems. Doctors even claim that some survivors are struggling.
The Famine Early Warning systems say that rainfall from October to mid-November has reached up to 300 per cent above average in the greater Horn of Africa region.
Two villages with a population of 5,000 is supposed to remain cut off from the rest of the world several days after the flooding, as per the West Pokot county disaster management officials.