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Sudden! Kenya's heavy rains caused heavy losses in Neri, Kiambu and other coffee-producing areas

Published: 2024-05-20 Author:
Last Updated: 2024/05/20, In recent times, East African countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi have been hit by continuous heavy rains, which have caused some disasters such as floods, mudslides, and landslides, causing serious losses to many countries in East Africa. Currently, Kenya has suffered quite serious damage. On April 27, a Kenyan government spokesperson issued

Recently, the East African countries Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and other countries have been hit by continuous torrential rains, and caused some floods, landslides and other disasters, resulting in serious losses in many countries in East Africa.

At present, Kenya has been severely damaged. On April 27, a Kenyan government spokesman released a report saying that recent heavy rains in Kenya triggered flooding, which has affected 130000 people in Kenya. Thousands of houses have been washed away and roads and bridges have been damaged.

In addition, the total number of deaths caused by heavy rainfall is 76, but more casualties are expected when the floodwaters recede. According to data from the Kenyan meteorological department, this round of heavy rainfall is expected to last until May 6.

However, on the 29th, the Kenyan police reported that a dam north of Nairobi had burst, but the Kenyan Ministry of Water Resources (CS) later reported that the flood was caused by the blockage of a section of the river under the local railway roadbed.

The flood occurred in Nakuru County, north of the capital Nairobi, because the flood poured down the mountain in the middle of the night, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 110. a section of road, a large section of railway tracks, embankments and trees washed down the hillside, causing a lot of economic losses.

In addition, the crisis is still unresolved, and according to the Kenya Water Resources Authority (WARMA), Kenya currently has seven hydropower dams operating at full capacity, with water levels reaching recent highs and being transported downstream. But there is therefore a risk of flooding caused by overflow and potential dam break. Therefore, communities living near the dam are urged to remain vigilant and strictly abide by the warnings and instructions issued by the authorities.

It is understood that at present, the areas hit by torrential rains in Kenya are mainly concentrated in the central part of the country, the capital Nairobi and nearby areas. These areas are also the main coffee producing areas in Kenya, such as Neri Nyeri, Nakuru Nakuru, Kiambu Kiambu and so on. At present, it is in the flowering and fruiting period, and the picking period does not enter until June. This rainstorm and flood will seriously affect the next production season.

According to data from the coffee auction and trading center in Nairobi, Kenya, due to the recent rise in the international futures price of Arabica coffee, the auction price of coffee in Kenya has also risen.

Earlier, 26813 bags of 50-kilogram coffee beans were sold at auction, with an average price of $252 per bag, or $5.04 per kilogram, an all-time high.

Some traders said that coffee prices are likely to rise further in the future because of recent torrential rains in many countries in East Africa, which will reduce coffee production in the next quarter.

However, the Kenyan government attached great importance to the flood disaster and, according to the Vice President of Kenya, allocated 4 billion shillings (about 2. 1.4 billion yuan) to deal with the devastating flood disaster.

In addition, on May 1 today, according to the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, recently, continuous heavy rainfall and bad weather have occurred in many parts of Kenya, causing floods and other natural disasters, causing heavy casualties and property losses, as well as tourists stranded. The Kenyan meteorological department predicts that most areas in Kenya will continue to be affected by heavy rain in the future.

Pay attention to the recent weather changes, especially the early warning of flood and waterlogging disasters, raise the awareness of flood control and epidemic prevention, make rational travel plans, avoid disaster areas, and make plans to deal with them. Strengthen flood prevention and epidemic prevention measures such as factories, camps and residences, and transfer to safe areas as soon as possible if necessary.