Floods in the Horn of Africa left at least 111 dead and 700,000 displaced, according to a non-governmental organization.

Floods in the Horn of Africa left at least 111 dead and 700,000 displaced, according to a non-governmental organization.

Heavy rains have fallen in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya in recent weeks.

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Floods in Mogadishu, Somalia, November 9, 2023. (ABUUKAR MOHAMED MUHIDIN / ANADOLU / AFP)

The non-governmental organization Save the Children announced on Thursday, November 16, that at least 111 people, including 16 children, had died and 700,000 people were displaced in floods resulting in recent weeks from heavy rains that struck the Horn of Africa. The El Niño climate phenomenon exacerbates rainy season rainfall in the region, particularly affecting Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

“Incessant rainfall in Kenya’s northern provinces and the capital, Nairobi, has caused widespread flooding, displacing an estimated 36,000 people and killing 46 since the rainy season began less than a month ago.” The non-governmental organization Save the Children said in a statement that 32 people also died in Somalia and 33 in Ethiopia.

The British NGO also urged the international community to take action to respond ‘Large-scale displacement’ In the three countries. The Horn of Africa is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, and extreme weather events are occurring with increasing frequency and intensity.

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