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26 Oct 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

Safe water remains a challenge for refuges and local communities

By Tim Ledwith

NAIROBI, Kenya, 26 October 2011 – The rain has begun on schedule in north-eastern Kenya, bringing the first real precipitation that many people in the semi-arid region have seen for months, if not years. But while eagerly anticipated, it’s both a blessing and a curse.

26 Oct 2011 description

HIGHLIGHTS

· Explosions rock Nairobi; one person dies and 23 others are injured.

· Humanitarian space decreases with increasing insecurity along the Kenya/Somalia border region.

· Heavy rains hamper delivery of humanitarian assistance as Government and partners finalize flood contingency planning.

· Aid agencies scale down operations in the Dadaab camps following the abduction of two aid workers.

24 Oct 2011 description
report Oxfam

Prepared by: Amanda Lundy

  1. Key Issues
  • Flooding in several programme areas, specifically Wajir and parts of the Dadaab camps, has impeded programme activities due to impassable roads. In Dadaab, measures to counter flooding cannot be taken due to the security situation.
23 Oct 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

General Overview

  • The Kenyan army moved into Somalia on 16 October 2011 in response to a series of kidnappings, including the most recent abduction of two MSF-Spain humanitarian staff from Ifo II West.

22 Oct 2011 description

This report is produced by OCHA Eastern Africa in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by OCHA in New York. It covers the period 14-21 October. The next report will be issued on 28 October.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

• On 16 October, Kenyan armed forces moved into Somalia

• After abduction and injury of aid workers in the Dadaab refugee camps, humanitarian partners have ceased all but life-saving activities

20 Oct 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Drought Affected Areas

  • Over 10,000 people are estimated to be affected by dengue fever in Mandera, with six new cases in Nairobi and Wajir. The GoK and partners are aggressively working to control the outbreak through household-level surveillance and case management in Mandera, and surveillance and vector assessments underway in Isiolo, Eastleigh (Nairobi), Mandera, Wajir and Dadaab.

19 Oct 2011 description

HIGHLIGHTS
• Kenya forces enter Somalia in pursuit of Al Shabab, who threaten retaliation within Kenya

• After abduction and injury of aid workers, limited operations continue at Dadaab refugee camps

• Cattle raids and conflicts over grazing land and water continue between Pokot and Turkana groups

• Increased risk of water-borne diseases following heavy rains in north and at the coast

17 Oct 2011 description
report IRIN

MOMBASA, 17 October 2011 (IRIN) - Flash floods in coastal areas of Kenya have claimed several lives, damaged schools and destroyed sewage systems, leading to fears of disease outbreaks, according to officials and local residents.

Affected areas include Changamwe, Kisauni, Kongowea and Likoni estates in Mombasa, where flood waters have submerged large areas, making it difficult for residents to access clean water. Pit latrines have also been submerged in Ukunda in Kwale County, which neighbours Mombasa.

17 Oct 2011 description
report Oxfam

Prepared by: Amanda Lundy

1 . Key Issues

17 Oct 2011 description
report The Guardian

Security issues and a deluge of rain are adding to concerns for aid agencies whose funds are already running dangerously low

Louis Manuel

The kidnapping of aid workers and tourists, as well as torrential rains, are hampering relief efforts in the Horn of Africa, as the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) warns of a shortage of funds.

Read the full article on the Guardian

14 Oct 2011 description

This report is produced by OCHA Eastern Africa in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by OCHA in New York. It covers the period from 6 - 13 October. The next report will be issued on 20 October 2011.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

· October - December rains are underway in the region

· There is an increasing caseload of malaria/dengue fever in Kenya and measles in Somalia

· Flash floods have been reported along the Wabishabelle River in Ethiopia, affecting up to 18,000 people

12 Oct 2011 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Over 10,000 people affected by dengue fever in Mandera

• Increase in measles in Dadaab: five deaths and 113 cases in the last week of September.

• Ifo hospital is over capacity - 115 medical consultations per clinician per day

03 Oct 2011 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal now seeks CHF 30,438,354 in cash, kind, or services to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) assist about 1,000,000 beneficiaries. The appeal time frame is unchanged, and this operation will therefore be completed by the end of July 2012. A Final Report will be made available by end of October 2012 (three months after the end of the operation).

Appeal history:

• Kenya Red Cross Society launched a National Drought Appeal on 14 January 2011 for CHF 28,343,156 for 6 months.

27 Sep 2011 description
report IRIN

AST POKOT/TURKANA, 27 September 2011 (IRIN) - Flash floods in northwest Kenya are hampering the delivery of emergency relief aid to thousands of pastoralists hard hit by a severe drought there, say officials.

"East Pokot, with a population of over 300,000 people who rely on relief food, is the most affected," Osman Warfa, the Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner, told IRIN.

"It is still raining [and] almost all the roads from Chelkelgit [the district headquarters] where the food is stored are impassable.

22 Sep 2011 description
Update secondary data review

Date of publication: September 22nd, 2011

Prepared by: ACAPS, Geneva

Nature of the crisis: Drought/Complex emergency

This document focuses specifically on the impact of the drought on Somalia and resulting displacement of Somali affected population.

21 Sep 2011 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A recount of applicants for refugee status in Dadaab has found large numbers attempting double registration. The apparent large backlog in applications for registration has been adjusted from 40,000 to 1,909. The average daily arrival rate for the past week was about 1,100 people per day.

  • Deteriorating security situation along Somali border and around Dadaab; a vehicle belonging to an international NGO has been hijacked in Hagadera camp.

14 Sep 2011 description

HIGHLIGHTS

■ More than 90 people killed in a fuel pipeline fire blaze incident in Nairobi’s Sinai Lunga Lunga slum

■ Western Kenya affected by floods as drought impacts continue ravaging northern pastoral areas

■ Kenya successfully hosts regional summit on Ending Drought Emergencies: A commitment to Sustainable Development

■ Cholera control operations heightened in Dadaab