Eastern Africa to face harsh effects of EL NINO rains this year

A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says 300,000 people have been displaced in the entire eastern Africa region.

The report, on the effects of the El Niño phenomena in the Horn of Africa region, also indicated that the adverse climatic condition would result in persistent drought as flooding will destroy crops, leaving at least 300,000 people in Kenya alone at risk of suffering food insecurity.

Peter Manfield who is in charge of OCHA in eastern Africa warned that the number of cases of malnutrition among children has also significantly increased in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Kenya and this trend is likely to persist over coming months.

Speaking at the same event, Dr Guleid Artan, the director of Igad Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) said the El Niño effects are likely to persist in 2016, with continued dry conditions in Sudan, South Sudan, most of Ethiopia, Eritrea, northern Somalia and Djibouti.

Kenya worst hit

The report says at least 100 people have died since October following El Niño rains in Kenya.

The report further says an estimated 70,000 others have been displaced by the resulting floods.

The displacements mostly took place in Tana Delta, Nyanza, Garissa and Turkana.

The report by OCHA released on Wednesday 23 December 15, however says the displacement is significantly lower than earlier expected.


– Mercie Wamoi, Kenya

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