Horn of Africa Monthly Review Nov 1997

News and Press Release
Originally published
This update covers the period 1 - 30 November 1997

Floods cause havoc: Torrential rain associated with the short-rainy season (September-November) have affected Kenya's coastal region as well as the normally rainfall-marginal North Eastern Province, killing some and making 25,000 homeless. The rains, which broke 30 year records in Mombassa, caused floods, landslides, washed away bridges and houses, damaged roads and disrupted water supplies. Parts of the Tana River District were submerged and many communities isolated when the river broke its banks. Prolonged rain in western parts of the country also gave rise to fears that cholera, already affecting the region, might spread further. Furthermore, it was feared that any extension of the unusual rains could have a disastrous effect on crops during the harvesting period of November/December in the important maize and wheat growing provinces of Western and Rift Valley. The Meteorological Department of Kenya warned that the heavy rains "could mean more poor harvests, food shortages, higher prices and a slow economic growth in the country". Meanwhile, the UN Disaster Management Team in Kenya, emphasised the importance of focussing on long-term drought preparedness given current meteorological forecasts of a poor 1998 long rainy season. (UNDHA Situation Report: November 11; PANA: November 17 & IPS November 4)


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