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Untold: 164 Killed By Floods And Over 2,000 Families Left Homeless In The Last One Month

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Some 251,059 people around the world have now died from COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed cases exceeds 3.5 million, while nearly 1.2 million people have recovered.

As the world battles with the virus, Kenya is faced with multiple wars. Ongoing flooding in Kenya has claimed the lives of another 164 people, a government official said Monday.

Heavy downpours, during the rainy season, which lasts from March to May, have wreaked havoc all across the nation marked with flash floods, landslides and sinkholes that have left thousands displaced, livestock dead and crops destroyed.

Residents set up makeshift shelter on a raised ground after they evacuated from their homes after River Nzoia burst its banks and due to the backflow from Lake Victoria, in Nyadorera, Siaya County May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Speaking Monday after touring Budalangi constituency in western Kenya, one of the most affected regions by the floods, Eugene Wamalwa, minister of Devolution and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, said thousands had been displaced by the floods that started in April.

“Several counties have been affected, with 164 lives lost and thousands displaced. But Budalangi, which I am visiting, is one of the most affected areas,” he said.

Wamalwa noted that this year’s floods are the worst Kenya has witnessed in years. He urged residents to move to higher ground and to allow the construction of proposed dams and dykes by the government as a long-term solution.

Various areas of Kenya are being pounded by heavy rains that have paralyzed transport on busy highways.

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