From Extreme Drought to Massive Floods

Floods ripping through Kenya this month have killed at least 100 people and displaced almost 260,000, according to the Kenyan Red Cross. The heavy rains and landslides come on the heels 2017’s severe drought across East Africa.

5 counties affected by the flooding already have active cholera outbreaks, raising concern that the flooding—which has destroyed health centers and contaminated water sources—could further spread disease.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Kenya Red Cross Society have launched an emergency appeal to assist those affected; the UN is also seeking additional resources to manage the scores of internally displaced people.


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