UN aid continues amid heavy rains, severe flooding and cyclone threat — a global issue

The arrival of a tropical cyclone could worsen the heavy rains Hidaya, World Meteorological Organization (W.M.O.) was warned on Friday.

Prepare for impact

The tropical cyclone was the first of its kind to form in eastern Africa. WMO spokeswoman Claire Nuris told reporters in Geneva that she expected it to have a “very significant impact.”

she saidTanzania was expected to be particularly hard hit. The ground is already soggy and “more rain is on the way” from the storm.

Kenya is also on high alert after a dam burst its banks on Monday, killing at least 45 people.

Consideration for refugees

Separately, the United Nations Refugee Agency:UNHCR,expressed particular concern About the thousands of refugees and other displaced people across East Africa whose homes have been washed away and uprooted again.

In Kenya, about 20,000 people in the Dadaab refugee camp, home to more than 380,000 people, have been forced to evacuate due to rising water levels.Many of them are among those who have arrived in the past few years fleeing severe drought in neighboring Somalia..

partCurrently, 4,000 residents are evacuated to six schools.Facilities that suffered severe damage. Some are staying with friends or relatives elsewhere in the camp, where some toilets have collapsed, putting refugees at risk of deadly waterborne diseases.

forced to relocate

Meanwhile, in Burundi, around 32,000 refugees, about half of the country’s refugee population, live in flood-affected areas, and 500 people are in need of urgent assistance.Refugee families in the capital Bujumbura have been forced to relocate multiple times. Due to rising water level.

UNHCR said the high cost of using canoes to move supplies has driven up prices and made access to food and other essentials increasingly difficult. Classrooms have been flooded, teaching materials have been destroyed, and education has come to a halt.

Beyond Bujumbura, rents double, making it too expensive for many refugee families to relocate. One of his worst-hit areas is Nyanzarak commune in Makamba district, where 25,000 Burundian refugees have returned from exile. ; It has calmed down in recent years.

escape from a flash flood

Other East African countries whose displaced people are hardest hit by the rains include Somalia.More than 46,000 internally displaced persons have been forced to relocate in five locations in the south Because of flash floods.

Two camps host and affect more than 200,000 refugees in Tanzania, primarily from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. Evacuation shelters within the camp have been damaged and approximately 200 families have been affected.

work across regions

UNHCR works closely with local authorities and partners across East Africa.Rush critical aid and provide protection services to refugees and affected communities I live nearby.

The agency is providing Kenyan refugees with tarpaulins, mosquito nets, soap, jerry cans and other relief supplies, with special attention to the elderly and people with disabilities. Families are also being helped to relocate to safer areas.

UNHCR’s work is part of a broader response to the crisis in Kenya, where the United Nations and partners have assisted around 125,000 people to date. Stephen Jackson, the country’s UN Resident Coordinator, said overall assistance includes shelter and food. , blankets and mosquito nets, as well as medicine and cash.

“I think the worry is that there will be more rain.We know that needs will get deeper before they get better” he said united nations news.

In Burundi, UNHCR will provide shelter kits and cash assistance to support refugees as part of a government-led interagency response. Thousands of former Burundian refugees who have returned to their homeland are among those prioritized for assistance.

Teams in Tanzania are working with local partners to rebuild refugee shelters and in Somalia, delivering critical protection support and essential supplies to internally displaced families.

Building resilience to climate change

UNHCR stated:Climate change is making many parts of the world increasingly uninhabitableFloods expose deficiencies in preparedness and early action, especially in vulnerable regions such as East Africa and the Horn of Africa.

“Funding available to address the impacts of climate change is not reaching either those who are forcibly displaced or the communities that host them. Prepare for, withstand and recover from climate-related shocks.” Without support toThey face increased risk of further displacement” the agency said.

Last month, UNHCR launched its first-ever emergency relief operation.climate recovery fund To protect refugees and displaced persons from the effects of climate change. The goal is to raise $100 million by the end of 2025.

Donations will support efforts such as providing more clean energy to power water, schools and health infrastructure used by refugees and host communities.

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