Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
Heavy rains beginning in December 2012 caused flooding in Nyanza (West Kenya) and Rift Valley provinces in Kenya. A total of 2,156 households were affected by the flooding with 1,217 households being in Rift Valley and 939 households in Nyanza (West Kenya). As of 15 Jan, 13 people had lost their lives to mudslides in the North Rift region, with 765 displaced and 5 people reported missing. (IFRC, 15 Jan 2013)
The Kenya meteorological department predictions indicated that the country was expected to experience enhanced rainfall for the period October-December2012, during the short rains with most parts of Kenya experiencing above normal rainfall while most parts of the Rift valley, Nairobi and parts of North Eastern counties experiencing slightly above normal rainfall.
Summary: CHF 277,616 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering assistance to approximately 12,936 beneficiaries and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
The December-January-February (DJF) rain season caused heavy flooding in Western Kenya and mudslides were experienced in the Rift Valley regions affecting more than 6,985 households. A total of 17 deaths related to the floods (4) and mudslides (13) were reported.
Education was interrupted and school time lost in areas affected by disasters such as conflict, floods and drought in Kenya. These disasters put many children at risk, exposing them to dangerous and rapidly changing situations. The education cluster was reactivated in 2013, and carried out several activities to strengthen emergency preparedness and response so as to ensure continuity of education in emergencies
Heavy rains characterized the onset of March to May rains in Eastern Africa
• The onset of March to May rains have been timely across the cropping, agropastoral, and pastoral areas of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda,
Burundi, Uganda, and Tanzania in the areas that receive these rains. The rains started between mid-March and the first week of April. They have been heavier-than-normal in most areas(Figure 1).
• Depressed and poorly distributed rainfall is expected over most parts of the country during March-May 2013 “Long-Rains” Season. This is likely to be more pronounced in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs).
• The western and central counties including Nairobi as well as the Coastal strip are likely to experience enhanced rainfall.
• Most of the rainfall in the country is expected during the peak month of April except over the Coastal strip where the peak is expected during the month of May.
By Isaiah Esipisu
BUDALANG’I, Kenya (AlertNet) – It is a rainy day in Budalang’i constituency in Western Kenya. In Mukhungu village, Alfonse Airo watches quietly as the rain-swollen River Nzoia flows swiftly down to Lake Victoria, just two miles (3 km) away. For the first time in many years, he is not worried that his mud-walled house might be swept away.
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January 24, 2013
Canada is providing emergency shelter, health care, and water and sanitation to approximately 13,000 people across Kenya affected by floods and mudslides, announced the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation.
"Canada is providing immediate assistance to those affected by floods and mudslides in parts of Kenya," said Minister Fantino. "Canadian support is ensuring relief to those in greatest need."
Late December and early January rains reduced some seasonal rainfall deficits in the eastern Horn
The October to December rains, which are important in the eastern Horn of Africa, continued into mid-January, reducing some of the deficits that had lasted through the first half of December.
Nevertheless, cumulative, seasonal rainfall deficits remain in several areas of the eastern Horn.
Food insecure population in eastern Africa to decrease by over 1 million
Cholera, malaria and yellow fever outbreaks confirmed
Intercommunal clashes in Kenya claim over 477 lives since January 2012
Increased international presence facilitates aid delivery in secured areas of Somalia
Conflict has displaced over 5,000 Congolese into Uganda and South Sudan and 8,000 Sudanese into South Sudan
CHF 277,616 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 12,936 beneficiaries. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary: This DREF operation is being launched by the National Society to support the humanitarian interventions for 12,936 men, women and children recently affected by floods in Nyanza (West Kenya) and Rift Valley provinces in Kenya.
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE DEVELOPMENT AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
SITUATION REPORT: KENYA FLOODING
JAN. 14, 2013
SITUATION: Floods in the past two weeks following a long drought have left more than 20 people dead, houses destroyed and large stretches of agricultural land devastated due to flooding and resulting landslides. (The parched land cannot absorb the sudden water.)
Last week a cold front with historically low temperatures and extreme weather conditions such as torrential rains and flash floods affected Asia and the Middle East. 420,000 people in China’s southwest Guizhou province, 10,000 in India, 2 million in Bangladesh as well as vulnerable populations in Nepal and Kyrgyzstan were affected by cold temperatures.
At least 14 people died in landslides caused by heavy rains. Above normal rain fall in December caused floods and landslides in Keiyo South district, Pokot South district and low-lying districts around Lake Victoria causing displacement to 815 households and destruction to houses and crops.
NAIROBI, 3 January 2013 (IRIN) - The Kenyan school term is set to commence on 7 January, but flash floods and landslides could disrupt education for as many as 2,500 pupils. Many schools in affected regions have been damaged or are being used as makeshift shelters for those displaced, education officials say.
Thirteen schools in Elgeyo-Marakwet and Baringo counties may not open for the first term next week due to damage to classrooms by floods.
Local leaders among them Keiyo South MP Jackson Kiptanui told Special Programmes minister Esther Murugi that local people were willing to surrender their land for reclamation if the State gave them alternative plots on safe grounds.
Reporting Monday 31 December 2012
Following displacement of families in different parts of the country, the Kenya Red cross Society (KRCS) is in the process of distributing both food and non- food items to most of the displaced or affected families.
Displaced families in Nyando district have appealed for humanitarian assistance from the government and relief agencies following the deluge of misery that has befallen them in the past few weeks.
The 15 families camping at Apondo and Ogwedhi primary schools are in need of food, medicine, mosquito nets and blankets.
Area district commissioner Isaiah Tanui visited the victims on Sunday and assured them of government aid, however, by Monday evening they were yet to receive any relief.
- Rivers Nyando, Nyalbiego and Awasi breach their banks under heavy rains and sweep away houses, livestock and property at two villages in Nyando
More than 400 people have been rendered homeless after River Nyando breached its banks and flooded their homes in Nyando District.
The families camping at Ogwedhi and Apondo primary schools on Sunday appealed for humanitarian assistance from the government and relief agencies.
Nyando DC Isaiah Tanui visited the victims on Sunday and assured them of government support.
Reporting Saturday 29 th December 2012 as of 4:30pm
The Kenya Red Cross Society is responding to yet another disaster after River Nyando in West Kenya Region broke it's banks today. The River burst it's banks on the upper side, around the North East Kanu, near Ombeyi in Muhoroni, displacing at least 70 families that reside around the area.