Timber Times

The Student News Site of Robert Frost Middle School

Timber Times

Timber Times

Student Events
In & Out Burger Cookout
Makayla MylesApril 3, 2024

In-N-Out is coming to our school for Eligible 6th & 7th Graders. From 1:19-3:15 pm  on the Honor Court Lawn & Covered Eating Area.

Nairobi Floods Create Widespread Devastation in Kenya

The Kenyan capital of Nairobi is suffering from massive flooding, said by a top official to have “escalated to extreme levels”.

Heavy rain has hit Kenya over the past few weeks, causing these widespread floods. The UN has stated that at least 32 people have died and that 40,000 more have been displaced from their homes due to these rains. Footage of a submerged neighborhood showed residents trapped on the roofs of houses. The people living in the Mathare slum were also forced to sleep on their rooftops. Major highways have also been flooded, leading to traffic jams all across the country.

East Africa as a whole has also been badly affected by heavy rains. Almost 100,000 people have been forced from their houses in Burundi, while at least 58 have died in Tanzania.

One of the major contributors to the floods is the IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole). This refers to the temperature difference on the surface of the sea in opposite parts of the Indian Ocean. It is also often called the “Indian Niño” due to its similarity to its Pacific counterpart. During a positive IOD, the Western Indian Ocean’s waters are much warmer than normal, which can cause a downpour regardless of if El Niño hits. However, when both an El Niño and a positive phase occur at the same time, East Africa experiences extreme rainstorms. This was the case last year.

One of the strongest positive IOD patterns recorded also happened to coincide with one of the strongest El Niño patterns in the late 1990s. This caused rainfall that was 60-100 times stronger than average in East Africa and resulted in the worst floods in the region since 1961. Over 6,000 deaths were reported across 5 countries.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributor
Mikael Ronaque, Head of Department (World News)/Editor in Chief
Hello. I am Mikael, Head of Department of World News. I am a 7th grader at the time of writing and I edit/publish articles on this website. I am an Indian. I aim to write about various things around the world with as little bias as possible.

Comments (0)

All Timber Times Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *