Floods cast shadow on holy month in Kenya

Floods in East African nation this spring have displaced over 210,000 people, claiming more than 220 lives

Floods cast shadow on holy month in Kenya

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thirty percent of Kenya’s population are Muslims, and during the holy month of Ramadan, many refrains from eating during daylight hours.

But in northern Kenya, many unfortunately have no real choice. 

Residents of the town of Garissa, most of them ethnic Kenyan-Somalis, are already short on food as floods have ravaged the region, washing away all the farm produce they had prepared for the Ramadan period and leaving them waist deep in water. 

Thousands, mostly farmers, are seeking shelter in camps erected across northern Kenya. The Red Cross has said that food and clean water are both “scarce” and access to toilets is “limited,” calling the situation a ticking time-bomb as thousands of people are at risk of waterborne illness. 

The price of food in Garissa tripled after the floods damaged roads and bridges. Now some roads could be easily confused for riverways as people can only get across them using rescue boats, a farmer said. 

In this area of Garissa, 8,450 acres of farmland have been submerged in water, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that more than 6,000 livestock have been killed in an area where most people are nomadic pastoralists. 

 

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