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).
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.
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.