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Is East Africa prepared for a Tsunami?
Five months after floods in Dar es Salaam gridlocked the city and put a significant proportion of homes under water, recovery efforts have stalled. On May 7, 2012 The Guardian ran a story explaining how relocation efforts of flood victims were suspended due to a shortage of funds. For the displaced Tanzanians who have been living in temporary camps for four months, this was just a continuation of a long narrative of the lack of disaster preparedness, response and recovery in the country. That same week over 300 people were displaced and left homeless after the Nairobi River burst its banks into Mathare slum in Kenya. Heavy rains caused the floods that destroyed many homes late in the evening with people left completely unprepared and with no warning. by Ahmed Salim, SID.