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East Africa hit by severe flooding

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More than 500,000 people have been displaced in East Africa following heavy seasonal rainfall that
has resulted in widespread flooding across large parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. In Somalia the flooding has displaced 470,000 and damaged or destroyed key infrastructure in Belet
Wenye, Hiiran, Hirshabelle, Baidoa, Lower Shabelle and South West State. The Somali Government
has declared a national emergency, bringing the growing humanitarian crisis in the region under the  spotlight.

Kenya is currently grappling with the effects of the flash floods that have continually increased since
mid-March 2018; wreaking havoc across most parts of the country. The raging floods have claimed
lives and displaced thousands of persons especially in the low- lying areas across the country. Floods
have displaced more than 211,000 people and reportedly killed 100 people and injured 33 across the
country.

The Kenya Red Cross Society reports that the floods have disrupted livelihoods. There is
approximately 8,450 acres of farmland submerged in water and more than 6,000 livestock killed.
About 50,000 people are reportedly stranded in several villages in Moyale, near the border with
Ethiopia, after a road linking them to the border town, was cut off by floods.

The Dadaab refugee camps, which host over 225,000 refugees, have also been affected. According
to UNHCR, hundreds of refugees have been forced to take shelter in schools and pit latrines are
overflowing, leading to concerns over cholera and other water-borne diseases.
Islamic Relief’s response

Islamic Relief is coordinating a regional response, led by its’ East Africa Regional Desk, based in
Nairobi Kenya.

The country teams in Somalia and Kenya have already undertaken a rapid assessment and are
coordinating with the United Nations and other aid agencies operating in the region.
The needs assessments indicated that there is an urgent need for food, water, sanitation and
hygiene (WASH), shelter and non-food items such as blankets, mosquito nets and hygiene kits.

How To Get Involved

With more than 22 million people across East Africa still in need of support following the recurrence
of drought and famine, the recent floods has escalated the need for humanitarian assistance. Islamic
Relief South Africa (IRSA) has launched an emergency appeal to support ongoing aid efforts in the
region.

Donations towards the East Africa Emergency Appeal can be made online at
www.islamic-relief.org.za.

General Bank deposits (Lillah, Sadaqah) can be made to Islamic Relief SA, Standard Bank, Account
Number 005318459, Savings Account, Fordsburg Branch, Branch Code 005205, Reference: EAFL18 &
contact number.

For Zakat contributions, use the following bank account details: Islamic Relief SA, First National Bank,
Account number 62161066933, Cheque Account, Smith Street Branch, Branch code 221426,
Reference: EAFL18 & contact number


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