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BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Some of the worst flooding in nearly 30 years has devastated swathes of east and southern Africa affecting over 1.5 million people.
In Ghana nearly 800,000 people have been affected by torrential rains which have devastated farms and destroyed crops.
At least 17 people have died as a result and the government has declared Ghana's three northern regions a disaster area.
ActionAid is responding to the disaster, distributing food and clothes in the Upper East Region, the area most affected by the floods.
We are also responding in the Northern (West and East) and Upper West …
The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt TD, today approved up to one million euro in emergency relief funding to help flood victims in Ghana and Uganda. Ghana and Uganda are two of the countries worst affected by the recent floods in Africa.
Nairobi_(dpa) _ Floods are continuing to ravage an arc of African countries from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa, washing away homes and ruining crops and have been reported as the worst in years in many states.
Uganda is experiencing its worst floods in memory, with some 89,000 households "severely affected" and scores homeless and marooned by the surging waters, the Red Cross said Friday.
"It has never been so severe like this," said Hasifa Kabejja, spokeswoman for the Ugandan Red Cross Society. "Houses have been washed away.
The small plane banks steeply to the east and the extent of the floods in the low-lying Teso region of Uganda become clear: kilometre upon kilometre of low-lying pasture land submerged, tens of thousands of hectares of staple crops like cassava, millet and groundnuts waterlogged. There are impassable roads, overflowing rivers, stranded cattle and devastated bridges.
The latest wave of flooding brings the total of those directly affected to over 550,000, with at least 136,000 directly affected by the latest wave of floods. These people have either partial or total loss of their homes, as well as food stocks and essential household supplies.
Most of the damage is located in the state of Southern Kordofan, east of South Darfur. At least 11,000 homes were totally destroyed in this area, leaving at least 55,000 homeless. Twenty-six people have died and 65 have been injured.
KILIFI, 2 July 2007 (IRIN) - Amina Nyamawi returned her mosquito net to the health centre as word spread across Karimbo village in the Kilifi district of Kenya's Coast province that the nets were linked to evil spirits.
"The chief convinced me the net was safe so I took it again, but my baby and I went to Mombasa where my husband lives so that we could try the net together," said Amina Nyamawi. "Nothing happened," she added.
Hundreds of villagers in Karimbo handed back their nets in September and October 2006 as rumours spread that the nets made strange …
Inside this issue
- Food & Livelihood Security
- Cholera outbreak stabilises
- Kenya-Somalia border
- Humanitarian activities in June
- Update on Mt. Elgon
- Cattle raids and border attack
- Humanitarian Calendar - July
- Preparedness & recovery needs
The UN Rolls out its Humanitarian and Disaster Management Strategy
UN agencies in Kenya have developed a Humanitarian and Disaster Management Strategy which was rolled-out at a one day workshop on June 19th.
Paul Bartel and Jordan Muller
The Horn of Africa (HOA), composed of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, suffers frequent natural disasters that commonly result in losses of life, destruction of infrastructure, and reduction of agricultural production. Formulating effective contingencies to respond to such emergencies is constrained by a limited understanding of the likelihood of a natural hazard occurring within a particular region and risks associated with that hazard.
KIKAMBALA, 28 June 2007 (IRIN) - Mwanamgeni Kahindi, a 30-year-old mother of two, owned a small food kiosk at Kikambala area of Kilifi district in Kenya's Coast Province until floods destroyed it in May.
"We did not expect the severe flooding. We thought the water would flow into the sea.
An estimated 28,000 people are affected by severe flooding along the Kenyan coastal areas of Mombasa, Kilifi, Malindi, Kipini, Mpeketoni, Witu and Garsen, following heavy rainfall since the last four weeks.
The floods have caused substantial destruction to property and infrastructure, as well as destroyed or submerged thousands of houses. Seven people have lost their lives - three in Kilifi and four in Mombasa - and some injured when their houses collapsed on them.
NAIROBI, 11 June 2007 (IRIN) - The number of people affected by flooding caused by heavy rainfall in Kenya's Indian Ocean Coastal region has risen to 23,000, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said, expressing concern that diseases could break out in some areas where sanitation facilities have been destroyed.
"People are experiencing vomiting and diarrhoea.
The Kenya Red Cross Society's mission is to build capacity and respond with vigour, compassion and empathy to the victims of disaster and those at risk, in the most effective and efficient manner. It works closely with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.
This Information Bulletin (no. 2/2007) reflects the information available at this time.
NAIROBI, 5 June 2007 (IRIN) - Hundreds of families affected by flash floods caused by heavy rainfall along Kenya's Indian Ocean coastal region in the past month need food aid and other humanitarian assistance, relief workers said.
"We require at least 10 metric tonnes of food aid," said Elina Mapenzi, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) branch coordinator for Kilifi district.
Kilifi, along with neighbouring Mombasa, Malindi and Kwale districts, as well as Lamu farther north, has been hit by torrential rainfall since mid-May.
Hungry people across the globe in desperate situations are reliant on WFP food.
1.0 THE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION
1.1 General Overview:
During the month of May, there has been a further escalation of violence in many parts of the country, the most alarming being the gruesome killings of Matatu bus operators and other private citizens allegedly being carried out by the Mungiki sect.