20 killed, 33 000 displaced as floods continue affecting Kenya

20 killed, 33 000 displaced as floods continue affecting Kenya

More than 20 people were killed and 33 000 displaced from their homes over the past 10 days as floods continue affecting Kenya.

According to FloodList, this is the third wave of flooding in the country since March this year. At least 15 people died and hundreds forced to evacuate their homes after flooding in mid-March. Before that, at least 7 people died in Kenya during a period of heavy rain at the beginning of March.

Several counties have been affected this time, with Kisumu, Samburu, Turkana and Tana River among the worst hit, their report states.

Floods have cut major road networks, causing major transport issues. In addition, homes and crops have been destroyed and power supply severely damaged.

In many areas, local officials have urged communities to vacate their homes near rivers and flood-risk areas and move to higher ground.

Meteorologists warned more heavy rain is expected around April 22 and onwards.

Floods in Kenya, April 2018

Image credit: Kenya Red Cross

Floods in Kenya, April 2018

Image credit: Kenya Red Cross​

Floods in Kenya, April 2018

Image credit: Kenya Red Cross

Featured image: Floods in Kenya in April 2018. Credit: Kenya Red Cross

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