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Amidst Coronavirus, Flood Ravage Villages in Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania

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Amidst Coronavirus, Flood Ravage Villages in Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania

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Amidst the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world, villages across East Africa countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, and Tanzania are currently been ravaged by flooding as the Lake Victoria overflow it’s banks.

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Kenya village has been ravaged by floods, which has affected more than 100,000 people across Kenya alone.

In Kisumu village of Kenya alone an estimated 32,000 people are feared displaced by the floods, as residents struggle to escape the devastating damage done by the flood.

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Abnormally and high torrential rainfall has been recorded in Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania since October-November 2019.

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Unlike the previous flooding in this area, the floodwaters have not spared the usual refuge centers and homesteads that are located on relatively higher grounds.

Residents call them the worst floods ever experienced in the region in many years, and they are now afraid that things could get worse, as heavy rains continue pounding the region, and the backflow in Lake Victoria increases.

Lake Victoria has burst its shoreline and the impact of the ever-rising water levels since late last year is bringing more trouble for residents of Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay and Busia.

According to a survey conducted by the East African Community’s Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC), the prolonged rainfall has caused a drastic rise in Lake Victoria’s water levels by more than two metres.

The rising water level in Lake Victoria has been occasioned by a huge imbalance in the inflow and outflow from the freshwater lake.

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Experts have said that lake Victoria inflow is primarily made of 80 percent rainfall (precipitation) while rivers pump in 20 percent.

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According to Dr. Ali-Said Matano, The commission’s executive secretary, he states that the current bursting of the shoreline is only comparable to an occurrence in the 1960s, where the overflow rose by close to 2.5 metres between 1960 and 1964 (1,136.28 meters above mean sea level).

“At the moment, Kisumu is at 1132.11 metres above mean sea level, Jinja (Uganda) at 1135.8 metres, while Mwanza in Tanzania is at 1134.28 metres,” he told the Nation.

EFFECTS OF THE FLOOD

The flood has destroyed homes and ravaged farmlands. Many people have been rendered homeless, in Kisumu village, Kenya, alone more than 40,000 people have been made homeless, 5 death recorded,  with about 100,000 people across the bank of Lake Victoria affected.

Businesses and farmers have been affected, with a farmer in Siaya county claiming to have lost more than 5,000 banana trees and 3,000 mango trees in last week’s storms.

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Some people have said the devastation caused by the flood is due to poor drainage systems.

CORONAVIRUS IN EAST AFRICA

Countries in East Africa have also had their share of the coronavirus ravaging the world. Kenya is already feeling the brunt of the pandemic with Kenya’s GDP growth to plunge to 1.5% in 2020 due to coronavirus.

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Kenya’s economic growth is expected to drop to 1.5% this year, and contract 1% in the worst-case scenario under the impact of the coronavirus outbreak that has hit tourism, agricultural exports, and remittances, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

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