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Flooding in Kenya has killed nearly 200 in past 3 weeks

Kenya's government says at least 194 people have been killed in the last three weeks by flooding caused by heavy rains.

May 7th 2020 · 1 min read

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's government says at least 194 people have been killed in the last three weeks by flooding caused by heavy rains.

Minister Eugene Wamalwa said Wednesday that over 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes.

Kenya is in its first rainy season of the year. Its second rainy season late last year saw unusually high rainfall after droughts in previous years. More than 120 people died from flooding and mudslides.

Aid groups worry that the new flooding complicates efforts to cope with both the coronavirus pandemic and the worst locust outbreak Kenya has seen in 70 years.

Save the Children has said the three natural disasters will devastate the chances of survival for malnourished children in Kenya and neighboring Somalia and Ethiopia especially as crops are destroyed.

last updated: 2020-05-07@21:05