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Over 100 Dead, 18,000 Displaced After Recent #Floods and #Landslides in #Kenya

Floods have blocked roads in floods Tana River County, Kenya, October 2019. Photo: Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS)

Flooding in Kenya has affected more than 160,000 people since the onset of the short rains in October, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).

At least 120 people have reportedly died, including dozens who lost their lives after a landslide in West Pokot County on 23 November.

KRCS said that nearly 18,000 who are displaced countrywide, including 10,000 in West Pokot County. According to Kenyan government, 16,000 houses have been destroyed across the country.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reports that flash and riverine floods have affected at least 31 of the 47 Kenya’s counties, including in Central, Coastal, Eastern, Northern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western regions, and urban areas in Nairobi and Mombasa, according to the Government’s National Disaster Operation Centre (NDOC).

Landslides and mudslides have been reported in Meru, Murang’a, Taita Taveta and West Pokot counties, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS).

Infrastructure including roads and bridges has been damaged, hampering effective humanitarian response efforts in affected areas. UN OCHA said: “Sections of roads and bridges have been cut-off, paralyzing transport and humanitarian access in Embu, Garissa, Isiolo, Kwale, Lamu, Machakos, Makueni, Mandera, Marsabit, Meru, Mombasa, Samburu, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Trans Nzoia, Turkana and Samburu counties. The Gurdis and Botula dams in Banisain Mandera County broke their walls or banks and require urgent repairs.”

Recent flooding has been reported in Bute and Gurar in Wajir County, where around 5,000 people have been displaced.

Flooding also affected over 3,000 people in Garissa and Tana River counties after heavy rains on 22 and 23 November led to massive flooding in the area, exacerbated by the bursting of Tana River. In Meru County at least 550 people were reportedly displaced in Tigania.

According to the Kenya Meteorological Department, heavy rains are expected to continue across the country over the next few weeks, mainly due to the positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) measurements.

Flood alerts have been issued especially for Coastal, Northern and Western regions of the country, with the risk of landslides and mudslides expected in parts of the Central Highlands and parts of the Rift Valley, including West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi counties.

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100,000 Affected by #Floods in #Kenya Says #UN

Floods have blocked roads in floods Tana River County, Kenya, October 2019. Photo: Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS)

Flooding across Kenya in the month of October has left at least 29 people dead and affected more than 101,000, according to the UN.

In a report of 30 October, 2019, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said heavy rain since the start of the short rains season in early October has led to riverine and flash floods, rock falls, mudslides and landslides.

More than 101,000 people have been affected, mainly in the north-eastern, central, and coastal regions, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). Wajir County has been particularly hard-hit, with at least 43,000 people affected. Other affected counties include Marsabit, Mandera, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kitui, Meru, Kajiado, Kwale, Nandi, Mombasa, Murang’a and Busia.

The KRCS has confirmed that at least 14,000 people have been displaced from their homes in low-lying areas where rivers have burst their banks.

At least 29 flood-related deaths have been reported and the death toll and number of people displaced is expected to rise in the days ahead as further information is received and verified from affected areas.

Nearly 400 hectares of farmland has been damaged and 21,710 livestock washed away, according to the KRCS, severely impacting livelihoods, including in areas already facing challenges due to drought.

Furthermore flooding has damaged or destroyed key infrastructure, including roads, bridges, schools and health facilities.

The UN report said: “At least 52 schools are inaccessible in Mandera and Wajir counties and some 14 health facilities cannot be reached in Mandera, Wajir and Marsabit. Many parts of Mombasa County have reported power outages caused by fallen electricity pylons or water-soaked transformers. Two bridges, including one linking Diani and Lungalunga at Kinondoni and the main bridge linking Tanzania and Kenya at Mihogoni trading centre, have been badly damaged. In Lodwar town and surrounding areas in Turkana County, nine out of 12 water boreholes were destroyed, impacting about 70,000 people.”

The rains -driven by the strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD)- are expected to continue in the days and weeks ahead, with most parts of the country likely to experience above average rainfall until early December 2019, according to the Kenyan Meteorological Department.

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Deadly #Landslide in #Junín Region, #Peru

After the landslide in Perené district, Chanchamayo province, Peru. Photo: Mindef Peru

At least 1 person died and 11 homes were destroyed after a landslide in the Junín Region of Peru.

The landslide occurred in the Perené district, Chanchamayo province, late on 25 October, 2019. A short burst of heavy rain caused the landslide, sending mud, fallen trees and debris from surrounding hillsides onto the houses below.

Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) said a total of 5 people suffered injuries, 3 of which were serious. INDECI transferred the victims to nearby hospitals. Around 30 people were evacuated to safe areas.

Military personnel, including engineers, have been deployed to help with repairs and clean-up operations.

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10 Dead After More #Floods and #Landslides Hit Eastern Areas in #Japan

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force at a landslide site in Chiba City. Photo: Ministry of Defense Japan

Torrential rain has triggered more flooding and mudslides in eastern parts of Japan, just 2 weeks after devastating floods caused by Typhoon Hagibis.

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported that at least 10 people have died in flooding and mudslides in Fukushima and Chiba Prefectures, with a further 4 still missing.

Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said that 85.5mm of rain fell in just 1 hour at Kamogawa in Chiba Prefecture on 25 October. In a 12 hour period on the same day, Ushiku in Chiba recorded 283.5mm of rain and Namie in Fukushima Prefecture recorded 245mm.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) said fatalities occurred in Chiba City, Mobara, Ichihara, Nagara and Chonan, all in China Prefecture. Media reported that one person died and one is missing after floods swept a vehicle off the road in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture.

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force reported they were searching for people believed to be missing after a mudslide and floods in Marumori in Miyagi Prefecture.

Around 90 buildings have been damaged in Chiba, Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures. Three buildings were completely destroyed in Chiba City.

In a statement of 25 October, 2019, Prime Minister Abe said: “The effects of a low-pressure system and Typhoon No. 21 have caused torrential rain, centered on the Kanto region, and damage has already resulted from rivers overflowing and landslides occurring. In addition, heavy rains are forecast for the Tohoku region into tomorrow morning. Two weeks will have passed since the torrential rain disaster caused by Typhoon No. 19. It has continued to rain intermittently since then, so it is important to stay alert to the situation.

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#Ethiopia #landslide kills 22 amid fears of more destruction

Rescuers at the site of the landslideRescuers at the site of the landslide15.10.19 Landslide in Ethiopia

At least 22 people were killed in a landslide in Ethiopia after heavy rains pounded the southern region on Sunday.

The disaster in Konta district, Dawro Zone, saw waves of mud destroy five homes, killing residents and animals, a local official told the BBC.

“Thirteen of the victims are women,’’ said Fasika Mulugeta, a communication officer.

Local media are reporting that a policeman and his family are among those killed.

An operation to retrieve the bodies is under way with rescuers using an excavator to dig through the mud. Seventeen bodies have been recovered so far, according to Mr Mulugeta.

He has asked the federal and state governments to intervene.

Local officials fear more incidents will happen if the rains continue.

Last month, seven people were killed in the area after heavy rain triggered a landslide, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported. Five of them were family members.

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Hundreds #evacuated near #LakeComo after landslide triggered by heavy rain hits Italian town

Capsized cars as seen the roads of after they were hit by a landslide in Casargo, near the Italian town of Lecco, in the early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 7.  

Capsized cars as seen the roads of after they were hit by a landslide in Casargo, near the Italian town of Lecco, in the early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 7. (ANSA via AP)

Around 200 people have been evacuated after a landslide hit a northern Italian town near Lake Como, overturning cars in its wake.

The town of Casargo in the Lombardy region was hit by a landslide Tuesday evening that was triggered by torrential downpours.

No casualties have been reported, but authorities continue to remove debris and wreckage from the community’s streets.

Farmers, who raise goats and cows in the region, also remain cut off due to blocked roads, agricultural lobby group Coldiretti said.

Rescuers work to clear mud from a road in Codesino, near the northern Italian town of Lecco, in the early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Rescuers work to clear mud from a road in Codesino, near the northern Italian town of Lecco, in the early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 7. (ANSA via AP)

The sheer force of the landslide, which turned into a torrent of mud, tore down fences and engulfed cars in its path. Officials who evacuated civilians and tourists moved people to safety in a local hotel.

“The regional offices and civil protection volunteers are working to bring the situation back to normal as soon as possible,” said Attilio Fonatana, president of the Lombardy region.

During the landslide, a nearby bridge with unmanned vehicles on it collapsed while strong winds uprooted trees, Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported.

Lombardy has been repeatedly hit with flooding and poor weather conditions in recent weeks; Italy has also endured various heatwaves and freak storms, leaving several dead and causing millions in damages to the country’s agriculture.

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