Floods hit second refugee camp housing mainly Somalis in northeastern province of Kenya

Floods have hit a second refugee camp for Somalis in northeastern Kenya, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

The Spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva that on
Monday, flood waters entered Dagahaley camp, flooding out 5,000 of the 40,000 refugees in the camp. Spokeswoman Pam
O'Toole said thousands of refugees have reported the loss or contamination of their food rations as a result of flooding.

The UNHCR Spokeswoman reported on Tuesday that the floods have also submerged Dagahaley's police outpost, UNHCR camp offices, a compound of non-governmental organizations, two schools and residential blocks.

Last week, rains submerged much of the nearby Ifo refugee camp containing some 40,000 Somali, Ethiopian, Sudanese and Ugandan refugees, Ms O'Toole told the press.

Hagadera, the third remaining camp in the area, has been cut in half by floods, but residential blocks have so far not been
affected, she added.

She said the agency feared that there will outbreaks of dysentery, diarrhoea, malaria, and bilharzia, in an area where children have been swimming in the floodwaters amidst human and animal waste.

UNHCR is consulting with the Kenyan Government to find out if army helicopters and other aircraft can be used to transport
goods from Garisea to Dadaab, which is dry. The agency points out, however, that access by road is difficult.