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International organizations warn of an “exceptionally complex” and “unprecedented” humanitarian situation in the region, which can lead to very serious consequences for its population.
East Africa is suffering the consequences of a series of natural disasters that threaten to increase the risk of the spread of the new coronavirus, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned this week. ).
In addition to covid-19, another element of this “triple disaster” has been the intense rains that punish the region during this spring and that caused floods and landslides in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda and Tanzania, killed about 300 people and forcing the displacement of more than half a million.
“We are faced with an exceptionally complex humanitarian situation. We are concerned that the number of hungry and sick people will increase in the coming weeks as floods and covid-19 continue to seriously affect the resilience of many families in the region, “said IFRC regional director for Africa Simon Missiri.
The rising water has left thousands of people homeless. Many of those who have been displaced now have to seek refuge in temporary accommodation centers where it is not easy, or even impossible, to maintain physical distance.
The worst locust crisis in the last 25 years
Furthermore, the floods complicated operations to control the locust plague that originated in the Horn of Africa and is considered the worst crisis in the last 25 years.
“The expansion of the crisis, which has the potential to become a regional plague, represents an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods in the region and could generate more suffering, displacement and possible conflicts, “warns the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The institution warns that the situation is especially alarming in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where there has been a massive reproduction of insects and new swarms are beginning to form.
According to FAO, this jeopardizes the start of the growing season and represents an unprecedented threat to livelihoods in an extremely vulnerable region, where more than 20 million people are already facing serious food insecurity.