SUMMARY: Floods in East African have killed over 260 people. See how heavy rains are messing up East African Countries amidst COVID pandemic below.
The East African wet season is at a peak of messing out people’s lives in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda as well as Somalia.
Flooding as a result of recent heavy rains has killed more than 260 people across East Africa.BBC News
Floods disasters in Kenya
Floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in Kenya have killed nearly 200 people, displaced 100,000 and strained critical infrastructure, officials said on Wednesday.
Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said on Twitter that over the past three weeks, floods had displaced 100,000 people – complicating efforts to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, which has killed 24 people in the country.
Floods and landslides have been concentrated in western Kenya and have so far killed 194 people, Eugene Wamalwa, the minister in charge of relations between the regional leadership and the national government, said.
“Yesterday alone, we have lost 30 people in a matter of 24 hours,” Wamalwa said.
In Kenya, four teenagers drowned on Thursday after a river burst its banks, a day after the government announced 194 people had been killed due to floods and landslides since the rainy season began in April, and large areas of farmland and water infrastructure destroyed.
The authorities in Kenya have told people in some of the affected areas to move away from “potential danger”.
The water has also washed away 8,000 acres of crops and some vital infrastructure, the government has said.
What’s the latest from Uganda?
In western Uganda, a river burst its banks causing people to flee for safety to the town of Kasese.
At the nearby Kilembe hospital, rescuers are trying to reach the trapped patients and take them to a church.
In the latest, several people in Murambo sub-county, Kisoro district have been rendered homeless by floods after Muhabura crater lake on Mt. Muhavura burst its banks.
The locals say the lake started letting out floods at around 3 am on Wednesday, causing the destruction of over 60 houses and gardens.
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has today temporarily closed some roads in Kasese district after a heavy downpour left death and destruction in its trail.
In recent weeks, water levels in Lake Victoria have reached an unprecedented height, forcing shoreline communities to abandon their homes and causing erosion along the River Nile, which is fed by the lake.
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday wrote on Twitter that Lake Victoria was near record levels.
“Encroachers on Lake Victoria and (its) river banks should vacate before they are swallowed by the water because you’re in its way,” he said.
The Red Cross issued a statement Thursday saying thousands were displaced in Uganda after two rivers burst their banks, and a major hospital in western Kasese had partly been submerged by water.
Ugandan MP Alex Byarugaba from Isingiro, a border district with Tanzania, told AFP Thursday: “We lost four people after the heavy rains in last four days pounded the district. Some were buried by the flash floods which have displaced over 5,000 people”.
65 killed by Thursday in landslide due to heavy rains in Rwanda.
Rwanda’s Ministry in charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) on Thursday revealed that up to 65 people have been killed by floods due to heavy rains.
The rains which fell on Wednesday night caused landslides and mudslides in different parts of the country leading to loss of lives and shelter.
As of Monday, the rains had damaged the infrastructures like roads, 91 houses, 5 bridges and several farms were swept away by the floors.
On the 27th April, massive flash flooding swept through the city of Qardho. At least 6 people have died, hundreds of families have lost their homes, and tens of thousands of people are said to be displaced or affected.
According to the countries demeo, heavy rains are expected to continue for weeks covering probably up to June.
East African countries are on a verge for fighting the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and all the governments have imposed strict lockdown directives to see a positive truning point over the virus.
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