Kenyan president postpones reopening of schools as flood-related deaths surpass 200 | World News

NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenyan President William Ruto has postponed until further notice the reopening of schools planned for next week, as heavy rains and flooding that have killed more than 200 people continue.

Kenyan president postpones reopening of schools as flood-related deaths surpass 200

The president, in his State of the Union address on Friday, said “weather reports paint a dire picture,” citing the possibility of Cyclone Hidaya hitting the Kenyan coast in the coming days.

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Kenya and other parts of East Africa have been overwhelmed by flooding, and more than 150,000 displaced people live in camps across the country.

Schools were originally due to reopen this week, but the Ministry of Education postponed it by a week. Students will now wait for the announcement of new reopening dates, as some schools remain flooded and others have suffered damage. Some displaced people have been living in schools as the government prepares to relocate them to camps.

The government has ordered people living near 178 dams and reservoirs that are full or nearly full to evacuate or be forcibly moved.

Water levels at two major hydroelectric dams have reached historic levels and the government has warned those living downstream along the Tana River.

Last week, a boat capsized in the river that flows into the Indian Ocean, leaving seven dead and 13 missing. Last month, a passenger bus was also swept off a bridge along the same river.

The government has been accused of an inadequate response to the floods.

Flooding has left more than 155 dead in neighboring Tanzania, where Cyclone Hidaya is expected to hit coastal areas. Hundreds of people have also been affected in Burundi, Ethiopia and Somalia.

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