Over 200 Kenyan schools shut as water-borne diseases rise

Pupils of St Elizabeth Primary School in Nairobi’s Mukuru slums walk in water on October 30, 2015 after heavy rains. So far, more than 200 schools have been affected by floods, according to reports from the Kenya Red Cross, making it impossible for students to report for the second term. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In the flooded regions, classes are filled with dirty water and effluent from toilets and sewerage systems, even as the weather-man warns of more rains.

  • Classes are filled with dirty water and effluent from toilets and sewerage systems. The compounds are virtually inaccessible.

  • Treated or boiled water is largely unavailable for drinking, exposing students and staff to water-borne diseases.

The state of health in various schools hit by ongoing floods is worrying, as students and pupils risk contracting various diseases.

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