Kenya: Floods - Aug 2011
Starting August 2011, heavy rains in northwestern Kenya caused several cases of flash flooding in the Kisumu East, Nyando, and Turkana districts. Around Kakuma, an estimated 60,000 people experienced flooding with water sources, latrines and homes damaged (UNICEF, 17 Aug 2011). As of 12 December ,Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) estimated at least 25 people had lost their lives in flood-related incidents and approximately 15,045 households (91,692 people) were displaced from their homes (IFRC, 12 Dec 2011).
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On July 20th, 2011, the United Nations declared a state of famine in two areas of southern Somalia: the Bakool agropastoral livelihood zones and all areas of Lower Shabelle. Subsequently, four more Somali areas have been declared as a famine. At that point, the whole region of the Horn of Africa was suffering from the worst drought in more than 60 years, affecting Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Kenya.
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In East Africa, continued difficulties accessing food – coupled with recent flooding and conflict in the region – have made life hard for many people. While working with communities in East Africa to improve their long-term resilience to food insecurity, the Red Cross is also providing immediate relief to thousands of vulnerable people in refugee camps.
Six months on from the launch of our East Africa Food Crisis Appeal, the generosity of our donors has helped the Red Cross provide urgent relief to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable, malnourished people.
When several areas of Somalia where in a state of famine, the Red Cross provided healthcare, food, water and therapeutic feeding programmes. Through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Somali Red Crescent, British Red Cross funds were able to reach areas of Somalia off-limits to many other agencies.
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Price of maize show an unusual increase in main markets following heavy rains
NAIROB I, 30 December 2011 (IRIN) - Severe drought, [ http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportId=93426 ] exacerbated by poverty and conflict, hit at least four countries in 2011 - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
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World Vision welcomes the news that the famine is easing in parts of Somalia. The United Nations has officially downgraded the situation in Bakaool, lower Shabelle and Bay. At the peak of the crisis, malnutrition was affecting 53 per cent of the population in some areas of Somalia; now, that figure has fallen below the famine threshold of 30 per cent. But although conditions have begun to improve in the Horn of Africa for some, challenges remain great for the families who live there and the aid workers trying to respond.
Press Release No:2012/225/AFR
WASHINGTON, December 20, 2011 – Mothers and children severely affected by the recent drought in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid areas will receive additional emergency nutrition and health services through the government’s health sector program.
MARALAL [ACTED News] – 2000 schoolchildren and 5000 people in drought-impacted communities in Samburu County, Northern Kenya, will have improved hygiene practices and access to safe water, thanks to an ACTED emergency hygiene promotion project launched this month with funding from UNICEF.
NAIROBI, 15 December 2011 (IRIN) - Rain-induced floods in several parts of Kenya have affected at least 105,000 people and weakened the country's food security situation – already affected by severe drought - a government official said on 15 December.
(Nairobi/New York, 15 December 2011): The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr Aeneas Chuma, together with Mr. Mohammed Elmi, the Minister for Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands, the Assistant Minister of State for Special Programmes; Mr.
1.1 Weather Review in November 2011
• Highly enhanced rainfall was recorded over most parts of the country during November 2011.
• The rainfall was especially highly enhanced over the Northeastern, Northwestern, western Kenya and parts of central Highlands including Nairobi. Most Meteorological Stations in these areas recorded more than 125 percent of their Long-Term Means (LTMs) for the month.
• However, a few stations along the Coastal strip recorded depressed rainfall (< 75% of the LTMs). 1.2 The forecast for December 2011
With the famine in Somalia sparking an increased flow of refugees into neighbouring Kenya, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is scaling up its programmes to help improve the living conditions in the northern part of the country.
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Flash floods and river floods have affected the North Eastern counties of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera, since the onset of rains in the area in early November 2011.
Consequently, thousands of people are in need of urgent humanitarian relief as communities have been displaced, disrupted and lost livestock and farming equipment among other loses.
Meanwhile, Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), the Provincial Administration and key stakeholders are responding to the situation across the entire Region.
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The West Kenya Region catchment areas have been experiencing heavy rains that started in August 2011. So far, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) assessment in the Region have indicated that more than 8000 people had been affected in the area.
Due to pounding rains, in the last one week, River Awach, River Sondu Miriu and Nzoia in Budalan’gi burst their banks, causing flooding in several villages across the Region - (West Nyakach, Rwambwa, Uholo, Nyadorera, Uhembo, Siginga and Thurdibuoro). In Thurdibuoro, the villages affected are Katumbo, Kokur and Kajienga.
Following heavy rains in Sericho, Gafarsa and Eres Sabur Garbatulla County for the last two weeks, hundreds of acres of farms with crops on them have been swept away by flood waters, after the Ewaso Nyiro River, burst its banks.
At least 21 people are marooned on their farms in Sericho with the main road between the farms and the region fully covered with flood waters and thus impassable.
NAIROBI, 6 December 2011 (IRIN) - Heavy rains in Kenya have washed away bridges and rendered many roads impassable, complicating efforts to reach thousands of people made homeless by the flooding, an official of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) told IRIN.