El Nino rains in Kenya have caused devastating flooding and killed over 120 people. Here’s what it looks like. – DNyuz

El Niño rains in Kenya have caused devastating flooding and killed over 120 people. Here’s what it looks like.

Mass flooding in Africa is displacing hundreds of people in Kenya by flooding roads and communities.

The chaotic weather stems from the El Nino Southern Oscillation, a weather event that occurs naturally and irregularly about every two to seven years. It creates a domino-like weather effect impacting areas across the globe with varying rainfall and temperature changes, per the World Health Organization.

According to the WHO, El Nino is usually associated with wet weather in eastern Africa. These photos show the devastating impact that the weather fluctuations can have.

Kenya is experiencing heavy rainfall since October.

While Kenya’s rainy season is usually from October to December, El Nino has intensified the rainfall, causing devastating floods.

Kenyan officials have ordered residents to relocate to higher ground. This has led to many crossing flooded roads. Many other roads and infrastructure elements have been completely destroyed, complicating rescues, the Associated Press reported in late November.

The rains are predicted to continue through January.

Flooding has swept away homes as authorities warn heavy rains will continue into January, Reuters reported. The AP reports that residents can also expect “prolonged outages of power”.

“All the roads have been destroyed. I don’t even know where people will go,” Joel Ngui, a resident of the Kenyan town of Garissa, told the AP.

The death toll is now in the triple-digits.

Reuters reports a death toll of at least 120 people in Kenya, though local reports say its risen to 136, according to Africa News. The outlet reported that some 460,000 people have been displaced.

Neighboring countries of Ethiopia and Somalia have experienced similarly devastating rains. The combined death toll from the three countries is near 300 people, NPR reported last week.

Floods have destroyed roads, farms, and livestock.

Aside from devastating communities, the floodwaters have also destroyed hundreds of acres of farmland and caused hundreds of livestock deaths, according to Al Jazeera.

Aid organizations like the Kenya Red Cross have provided food and medical assistance to those in need.

Residents have been forced to make temporary shelters.

People living along Kenya’s largest river, the Tana River, were forced to create makeshift shelters on higher ground after the river burst its banks.

One widow with five children told the AP that her home was carried away by the raging waters.

” Marian Ware, a woman who told the AP that she had no family to turn to for help. When I returned, everything was gone. When I went back, everything was gone.”

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