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Kenya declares a public holiday to mourn the victims of the floods

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s president William Ruto has declared Friday a public holiday to mourn the 238 people who have died due to ongoing flooding.

The president said Wednesday that the day will mark national tree planting activities to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

Kenya, like other parts of East Africa, has been inundated by floods. More than 235,000 people have been displaced and live in dozens of camps.

President Ruto also announced the reopening of schools across the country after a two-week delay due to heavy rains that destroyed hundreds of schools.

The government had said more than 1,000 schools had been affected by the heavy rains and flooding and had set aside funds for renovation work.

The metrology department continues to predict moderate to heavy rainfall in most parts of the country in its daily weather forecasts.

The government is forcefully evacuating people living in flood-prone areas and those near rivers and dams as water levels in the country’s main hydroelectric dams rise to “historic levels”.

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This week the government bulldozed houses in the Mathare and Mukuru informal settlements in the capital Nairobi and the president promised evicted families the equivalent of $75 to move after a deadline to evacuate passed amid deadly rains.

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