East Africa’s rising flood threat

Still at the start of the rainy season and the town is flooded. Copyright: UNMISS, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Episode 31

About six million people were affected by floods in 2020, from Rwanda to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and beyond. Flooding can lead to disease outbreaks, such as cholera, and damage livelihoods, crops and the environment.

Why have floods become so bad in East Africa, and what can be done to prevent them?

Africa Science Focus reporter Njenje Chizu speaks to Sally Tembo from the Environmental and Public Health Union of Zambia, environmental health technologist Henry Zimba and Robert Chimambo from the Zambian Climate Change Network.

 Is there something you want to know about science in Africa? Send us your questions from anywhere in the world and we’ll find an expert to answer them — text or voice message via WhatsApp to +254799042513.

 Africa Science Focus, with Selly Amutabi.

This programme was funded by the European Journalism Centre, through the European Development Journalism Grants programme, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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