29 Apr

heavy rains and flooding in Kenya have had devastating consequences:

At least 76 people have died due to the flooding since March

The death toll has steadily risen, with 70 fatalities reported earlier

 and 32 deaths in the capital city of Nairobi alone

Over 130,000 people have been impacted, with more than 24,000 households displaced

Entire neighborhoods in Nairobi, such as Mathare, have been submerged by the floodwaters

The heavy rainfall has been exacerbated by the El Niño climate pattern, which has brought unusually high temperatures in the Indian Ocean

This has led to an exceptionally rainy season, with some areas receiving 1.5 to 2 inches (40 to 50 millimeters) of rain per day

The flooding has caused significant damage to infrastructure, with roads, bridges, and railways affected

Several major highways out of Nairobi have been partially closed due to the flooding

The Kenyan government has allocated 4 billion Kenya shillings ($29 million) for emergency relief efforts, but has been criticized for a slow response

More heavy rainfall is expected in the coming days, prompting further warnings and evacuation orders

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