“Heavy rains are wreaking havoc here and our only source of livelihood, rice, is threatened. The floods have washed [it all away] and are threatening to displace us. I only managed to salvage a few bags of rice when the water subsided,” Leonard Onyango, a rice farmer, told the United Nations’ IRIN news service.
Onyango is one of thousands of farmers in western Kenya, who have watched as flood waters have washed away their rice harvest and, in some cases, their homes.
“We are estimating that some 2,000 farmers have lost their crops due to the raging floods. Much of this crop had been harvested and was still in the farms being dried,” said James Samo, agricultural specialist at Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture.
In Focus: Monsoon Rain Floods Manila
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The capital city of the Philippines has been drenched by heavy, deadly rainfall for 11 days now, beginning with the arrival of Typhoon Saola last week, leading to mudslides and extensive flooding. About 60 percent of Manila is currently flooded, and authorities are reporting 72 deaths so far. Nearly 850,000 remain stranded or displaced, as residents wait for a break in the downpour, predicted to begin on Thursday.
Philippine flood pictures show devastation as water engulfs capital Manila, killing 23
Widespread flooding that killed at least 23 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital briefly eased Wednesday, allowing rescuers on rubber boats to reach a large number of distressed residents still marooned in submerged villages. (Photos: TED ALJIBE/AFP/GettyImages; AP Photo/Aaron Favila)