The EU has mobilised €3 million in emergency assistance to countries in East Africa that have been hit by heavy rainfall over the past weeks, triggering devastating landslides and floods.
“In a region that is already battling the effects of a serious locust infestation and the coronavirus pandemic, these floods are adding to the hardships experienced by many vulnerable communities. EU aid will get essentials to those most in need,” said the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič.
Funding will be supporting aid organisations in Ethiopia (€850,000), Kenya (€500,000), Somalia (€1.4 million) and Uganda (€250,000) to help provide relief aid to the affected communities, such as shelter material, clean water, food, hygiene kits, and access to basic health assistance.
In these four countries taken together, more than 900,000 people have had to seek shelter elsewhere because of the floods. Many lost their homes, livelihoods and crops. There are also growing concerns that the stagnant flood waters can give rise to water-borne diseases.
The EU is already supporting humanitarian projects helping the most vulnerable people in the region affected by conflict, food insecurity, epidemics and natural disasters. The additional funding provided today will help to address the new needs.
Through its development aid in the region, the EU is also supporting disaster preparedness projects that help communities in flood-prone areas build longer-term resilience and flood management structures.
Unprecedented torrential rains since mid-April in East Africa have caused rivers to burst their banks and massive floods and landslides across the region. Hundreds of lives have been lost.
The affected countries are already affected by unprecedented levels of food insecurity that are at risk of being exacerbated by the desert locust upsurge and the coronavirus pandemic.
In Somalia, a country affected by decades of conflict, droughts, a desert locust invasion and the coronavirus pandemic, the recent floods have had an impact on some 920,000 people.
Daily Map (14/05/2020): Horn of Africa – Floods, food insecurity and desert locust infestation
Copernicus Map: Flood in Uganda