Flooding In Eastern Africa Could Lead To Food Shortages

Bloomberg: Fatal Floods in Eastern Africa May Mean Yet More Food Shortages
“Rainfall that’s been twice the seasonal average in parts of Eastern Africa has claimed almost 500 lives, forced thousands from their homes and damaged crops, raising the specter of a repeat of last year’s food shortages. … The flooding comes about a year after Eastern Africa faced the opposite problem: its worst drought in 60 years that left more than 11 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia needing food aid…” (Gebre, 5/29).

Devex: Horn of Africa burdened with crisis after crisis
“…People struggle to recover from one calamity, only to face another. This has left the humanitarian sector scrambling to respond to crisis after crisis, with no end in sight. And this could well be the region’s new normal. ‘The frequency and severity of floods, storms, droughts, as a result of climate change are expected to increase over the coming decades,’ said Dr. Nathanial Matthews, program director at the Global Resilience Partnership. ‘It’s also this general shift into uncertainty’…” (Jerving, 5/30).

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