At least 3.6 million people have been impacted by floods and landslides across large parts of East Africa since June 2020, a new UN report has revealed.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) observed that many of these people have already been facing conflict, violence, COVID-19 and a desert locust upsurge.
In Ethiopia, nearly 1.1 million people have been affected by floods since June 2020, including over 313,000 displaced people, while in South Sudan flooding has affected an estimated 856,000 people, including nearly 400,000 who have been displaced.
Jonglei, which experienced devastating violence earlier in 2020, was amongst the areas hardest-hit by floods, forcing people to cope with back-to-back shocks.
In Somalia, since late June, floods have affected over 633,000 people, including about 43,000 displaced, in October 2020.
The water levels of several Rift Valley lakes in Kenya, especially Baringo and Naivasha, are historically high, following the highest seasonal rains in decades in October to December 2019 and above-average rains in 2020, displacing thousands of people and impacting livelihoods, schools and health facilities.
In Uganda, water levels are rising in Lake Albert and Lake Kyoga and flooding in five districts, impacting more than 16,500 people in September 2020 alone.