Floods in East Africa: more than 635,000 people affected (IOM)

Floods in East Africa: more than 635,000 people affected (IOM)
Floods in East Africa: more than 635,000 people affected (IOM)
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The torrential rains currently falling in this eastern region of the continent have caused “unprecedented and devastating floods” in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Ethiopia and Tanzania. These floods, sometimes followed by mudslides, have already caused several deaths and caused significant material damage. Roads, bridges and dams were damaged there.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), “637,000 people were affected (including 234,000 displaced)” by these disasters.

“These disasters have not only cost many lives, but have also worsened the suffering of affected populations and increased the risk of water-borne diseases,” IOM warned yesterday Wednesday.

These “devastating and unprecedented floods” show the sad realities of climate change in Africa. An Africa which nevertheless contributes only around 4% to greenhouse gas emissions in the world. This “climate injustice” against Africa was strongly denounced in September 2023 at the United Nations by Macky Sall, at the time president of the Republic of Senegal.

“Green projects in Africa are financed by recourse to commercial debt, whereas they should be subject to and supported by the mobilization of the 100 billion dollars per year agreed since COP 15 (…) to finance climate action. Climate justice would require that a continent which contributes less than 4% of emissions, and which suffers the most, is not condemned to go into debt to repair and prevent damage for which it is not responsible,” declared Macky Sall during his speech at the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York (United States).

Mamadou Baïlo Keïta for Guineematin.com

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