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).
UNICEF report: despite recent improvements, outlook for the Horn of Africa increasingly worrisome
More than 8 million people need emergency assistance
NAIROBI, 11 April 2012 – The massive humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa in 2011 reversed the spread of famine and saved tens of thousands of children’s lives, but the outlook is increasingly worrisome, threatening the tentative gains achieved to date, according to a new UNICEF report.
(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.
I HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
· More than 80,000 people have been affected by flooding in Kenya. The Kenya Meteorological
Department forecasts heavy rainfall and risk of more flooding for December.
· Heavy rains and insecurity continue to hamper humanitarian operations in Kenya and Somalia.
· The Kenyan parliament this week approved the African Union request for the Kenya Defence Forces to join the African Union Mission in Somalia.
· The Somalia and Kenya 2012 Consolidated Appeals will be launched in Nairobi on 13 and 15 December respectively.
Heavy rainfall in Kenya’s northern districts is impacting negatively on humanitarian response to drought victims, but has also improved access to water and pasture. Heavy rains have led to delays in food aid distribution in Wajir, Garissa and Mandera because roads are impassable. Meanwhile, insecurity along the Kenya/Somalia border region continues to shrink humanitarian space, adversely affecting distribution of relief aid to hundreds of thousands of drought-affected Kenyans and hundreds of thousands of refugees in the Dadaab complex.
· 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.
This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It was issued by OCHA Eastern Africa. It covers the period from 29 August to 6 September 2011. The next report will be issued on or around 13 September 2011.
I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES
IGAD predicts good rains for the next season: food security expected to slightly improve
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