Kenya floods separate children from families

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from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) DEADLY floods in Kenya have left hundreds of children separated from their families and thousands displaced by the crisis forced to illegal employment.

Humanitarian groups raised concern amid the floods that have also
triggered an outbreak of diseases forecast to worsen.

The Kenya Red Cross said so far, a total of 534 children, including 234 girls have been identified as separated.

There are also reports of youngsters being increasingly engaged in child labour in the floods-related refugee camps.

Flooding since the beginning of April have left at least 183 people dead and 97 injured around Kenya.

According to the latest Red Cross updates, an estimated 291 171 people have been displaced, with the number expected to rise as heavy rains continue.

Of these, approximately 146 170 are children, of which 42 percent are girls.

About half the displaced children will require assistance to ensure their safety and psychosocial well-being.

Some 739 schools have closed temporarily due to floods, disrupting
learning for more than 100 000 children. By Mid-May, 329 schools were hosting floods-displaced persons.

The floods have compounded the ongoing cholera outbreaks leading to increased risk of further waterborne disease outbreaks including malaria, Rift Valley fever and dengue fever.

According to the Ministry of Health, 74 people have died from cholera out of 4 500 deaths.

Many households have also lost their water collection and storage
facilities, forcing the most affected populations to resort to the use of
unsafe water sources and open defecation.

– CAJ News






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