By LUCY MKANYIKA in Mombasa, Kenya
Over 5000 people in Taveta, Taita Taveta County at the Kenya coast have been displaced by floods after heavy rains pounded the area and neighbouring Tanzania.
Residents of Bura Ndogo, Kimorigo, Bahati, Vikwatani, Njoro Kubwa and Chechewa villages were most affected by the floods.
Taveta Red Cross coordinator Joram Oranga said over 900 households were affected.
President Uhuru Kenyatta will this week formally launch cash payouts to support Kenyan pastoralists to purchase animal feed for their stock until the current drought ends.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu made the announcement Sunday when he said the government would enhance the measures to mitigate the drought affecting 23 counties.
He said water trucking in the 23 counties had been enhanced and the government had rehabilitated boreholes experiencing pressure.
At a rally organised for a team led by Burundi Minister for Home Affairs Pascal Barandagiye, the refugees in Nakivale settlement demanded justice, an African Union force to protect those opposed to the government, and the resignation of President Pierre Nkurunziza before they could return home.
Burundian officials who had travelled to Uganda to persuade their nationals to return home left empty-handed after they were met with a hostile reception.
- The refugees say their biggest fear is harassment by the Kenyan security forces meant to force them out, but the Kenya government insists that the return is voluntary and nobody will be repatriated against their will.
- Only 24,504 refugees have been repatriated to Somalia from Dadaab since the operation started in December 2014.
- An estimated 276,269 Somalia refugees remain in the Dadaab’s five camps of Hagadera, Kambioos, Ifo, Ifo2 and Dagahaley.
By FRED OLUOCH
- The camp was now home to about 250,000 people, according to official figures but UN officials put the figure at about 350,000 at the start of the year.
- More than half a million people lived there a few years ago.
Kenya said on Wednesday it had to agreed to delay the closure of a teeming Somali refugee camp that it sees as a security risk, after international pressure to give residents more time to find new homes.