Appeals & Response Plans
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- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
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Norwegian Church Aid is working at full speed to coordinate relief aid through churches in troubled areas of Kenya. Food distribution will hopefully begin during the weekend.
We have chosen the churches as our network in order to reach as many people as possible, because there are churches in every community in Kenya.
Hundreds of thousands of people have so far been rendered homeless in several parts of east Africa, where heavy rains and floods have wreaked havoc over the past few weeks.
Many people have been killed by the floods, and more than 300,000 people are reported have been affected. These numbers are expected to rise as heavy rains continue to pound all over east Africa, particularly in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.
As the international conference on climate change draws to a close in Nairobi, Kenya today, the situation is critical for refugees in northeast Kenya. At the UNs request, Norwegian Church Aid is sending a water expert to the Dadaab area.
"This is a sad illustration of the consequences that climate change can have for the world's poor," says Atle Sommerfeldt, general secretary of Norwegian Church Aid.
The roads in the flooded region are blocked, and Norwegian Church Aid has been forced to fly into the region.
Roughly 11 million people are currently threatened with starvation in Eastern Africa. "These people have waited two years for rain to fall, and cannot wait any longer," says Kari Øyen.
The region has been affected by serious drought since late 2005 when the short rainy season failed, leaving water reserves dry and forcing the population to ration the little water they have available yet more strictly. The crisis stretches across large areas of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania.
Dry conditions and food shortages are causing the situation to deteriorate across the whole of Africa's Horn. "People are becoming increasingly desperate," says Norwegian Church Aid's Kari Øyen.