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Why managing Africa's natural disasters is taking on urgency

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🗞️ Driving the news: East Africa, after facing the worst drought in decades, is now experiencing severe floods and landslides, particularly in Kenya, where heavy rains have led to widespread devastation
• Tanzania and Somalia are similarly affected, while Southern Africa suffers from a prolonged drought, further exacerbating the region's challenges

🔭 The context: The vulnerability of Africa to natural disasters is exacerbated by several factors, including poor infrastructure, dependence on rain-fed agriculture, and limited government capacity to manage crises
• Climate change is intensifying the severity and frequency of these disasters, placing additional stress on already strained resources

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: These extreme weather events highlight the urgent need for global climate action and adaptation strategies, particularly in regions like Africa where the impacts of climate change are most severe and immediate
• The balance between development and environmental sustainability is crucial in mitigating the effects of these disasters

⏭️ What's next: The situation calls for enhanced disaster preparedness and response mechanisms across the continent
• This includes better weather data evaluation, robust early warning systems, and nature-based solutions like forest and wetland preservation to mitigate flooding risks and improve resilience against future climate-related disasters

💬 One quote: "The flooding in Kenya is absolutely out of control," reported Andrew Wasike on DW's Africalink program.

📈 One stat: At least 180 people have died in Kenya due to the recent floods and landslides, with hundreds of thousands displaced.

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