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Appeals & Funding
Mombasa County Government has set aside a Sh100 million emergency fund in preparation for the El Niño rains.
County executive for Land, Housing and Urban Planning Francis Thoya, who is a member of the disaster committee, said they county is ready to deal with any eventuality.
The assurance comes after more than 12,000 residents of the sprawling Bangladesh slums expressed fear that their houses might be submerged. The Meteorological Department has predicted that the rains could begin next week.
KRCS branches are all on standby in collaboration with their local governments. The NDOC and KRCS hotlines have been circulated in the communities to ensure incidents are reported and responses activated promptly
Heavy rainfall may trigger flooding in Central America and West Africa
Objectives and activities
In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, the world can reflect on real progress. Since 1990, thanks to the actions of millions of people around the globe, extreme income poverty has been cut by almost two-thirds, child mortality has fallen by more than half, and more children are attending primary school than ever before.
But these achievements tell only part of the story.
As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms.
MoS Sean Sherlock, Minister Charles Flanagan, Irish Aid, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015,
Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan T.D, & Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Mr. Seán Sherlock, T.D., Announce Additional €3 million Humanitarian Assistance Funding for South Sudan, Nigeria and Burundi.
The business community expressed fears over the predicted heavy rains and want measures taken by relevant authorities to avert death and destruction of property.
Mr Tunai said officers from the national water office under the irrigation ministry were mapping out flood-prone areas and making estimates of emergency money required.
In the last 24hours average rainfall was received in different parts of the most notably parts of Western Kenya, and the Coast Region. Other areas like Narok and Mwingi in Kitui County are experiencing very strong winds engulfed with dark nimbus clouds.
The current growing season (May-October 2015) in East Africa (Sudan and Ethiopia region) which is ending now has developed under a strengthening El Nino event.
In Ethiopia, the Belg season (February to May) was affected by a severe drought resulting in poor crop and pasture production. This situation put further stress on households at the start of the following main season (Meher).
By 2050, the world population is expected to reach nine billion. To respond to the consequently greater food demand, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that food production must increase by at least 60 percent. Meanwhile, rising temperatures and the increased frequency of extreme weather events are directly affecting agriculture and reducing the ability of countries around the world to meet this global food security challenge.
- Continuation of suppressed rainfall along coastal Gulf of Guinea regions and enhanced rain across the Sahel and far western Gulf of Guinea.
- Dryness persists throughout parts of Ethiopia.
1) Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in drought, which has severely impacted ground conditions and already led to livestock death across parts of north-central and eastern Ethiopia.
1.0 Executive Summary
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 7 Oct 2015 01:01 GMT
By Katy Migiro
NAIROBI, Oct 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Powered by caffeine and adrenalin, hundreds of Kenyan and Canadian geeks will compete over Skype in a 28-hour 'hackathon' to develop apps to improve rural Kenyans' health, farms and access to education.
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