KENYA (OBSERVATORY) – More than 70 people were killed and about 40,000 families still can not return to their homes in Kenya due to floods as a result of prolonged downpours that hit the country a month ago, the local Red Cross said.
“In the face of continuing heavy rains, flood waters will continue to pose a threat to thousands of people across the country, and our staff and volunteers work around the clock to ensure the evacuation of families in high-risk areas,” Abbas Gullet, the company’s general secretary said.
Since the beginning of the showers at the end of March, in addition to the deaths of more than 70 people, over 211 thousand people were forced to leave their homes, according to a report by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations. Many houses, farms, roads and other infrastructure are destroyed by water.
The situation in the country deteriorated sharply when the Kenya energy company KenGen (Kenya Electricity Generating Company) began to drain water from its hydroelectric power station on the Tana River, which came out of the coast about two weeks ago.