Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
Isolated, torrential rainfall as part of the Long Rains season caused flooding in several parts of Kenya between the middle of March and May 2013. The worst affected areas included the Marsabit, Isiolo, Narok Kajiado provinces further south, and Tana River. (FEWS, 10 Apr 2013)
By the end of the season, more than 140,000 people had been displaced and 96 deaths had been recorded. (IFRC, 14 Nov 2013)
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Current Situation Progress
Period covered by this Final Report: 22 April to 31 December 2013.
Appeal target (current): CHF 3,538,548.
Appeal coverage: 37%;
This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 22 April 2013 for CHF 3,538,548 for 6 months to assist 52,183 beneficiaries.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 350,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society to respond.
The forecast from Kenya Meteorological Department, February 2013 long rains seasonal forecast indicated near normal to enhanced rainfall for the central highlands area. Tana River County was predicted to receive near normal with a tendency to below normal rainfall. The intensity of the rains in the central highlands traditionally impacts on Tana River County, especially along the riverine agricultural areas.
During the month under review, the County experienced the onset of rains during the second and third week in most parts of the County. All Marginal Mixed Farming zones had reported having received heavy rains during the reporting period. The Pastoral (All Species) zones recorded heavy downpour with good distribution since the beginning of the third week of the month. In summary, all zones received an average four days of rainfall across the County.
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
• 24 schools affected by conflict and floods in Tana River County, contributing to a large number of pupils missing more than 30% of the 2013 academic year. Learning was disrupted by lack of access to some schools as a result of floods.
• 2013 Enrolment in Tana Delta District dropped by 23% to 16,651 (7,716 girls and 8,925 boys) from 21,584 (10,351 girls and 11,233 boys) in 2012.
• School meal rations not yet delivered to all the schools in Tana North and Tana Delta.
Period covered by this Ops Update: 23 May to 21 September 2013.
Appeal target (current): CHF 3,538,548
Appeal coverage: 37%;
· This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 22 April 2013 for CHF 3,538,548 for 6 months to assist 52,183 beneficiaries.
· Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 350,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to respond.
Snapshot 08 – 15 October
In Syria, heavy fighting is ongoing in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Aleppo, Idleb and Homs, with government forces making gains in Rural Damascus while the opposition has won ground in Dar’a. Despite the call of al-Qaeda’s leader for opposition fighters to unite, inter-group fighting has escalated in Aleppo over control for neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced that it did not intend to participate in the proposed Geneva II peace talks.
The national food security situation has remained stable and further improved in the month of August as harvesting of long rains crop continued in most parts of the country. In August 2013, the inflation rate increased for five consecutive months to 6.67, up from 6.02 percent in July 2013. The increase is attributed to the rise in food and fuel prices. Overall, most basic food commodities remained low in August 2013 compared to same period in 2012 but with the introduction of VAT, the prices are projected to start increasing.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Below average cereal production from the 2013 long-rains season in most cropping areas
Pasture and water availability declined seasonally in most pastoral areas
Maize prices increased in September, but are still below last year
Food security situation remain stable across the country
In September, the County received moderate rainfall in general. Most MMF and MF zones recorded a moderate amount of rainfall (on average 5 days) with areas such as Mwenje and Shauri receiving more than ten days of heavy rainfall. The pastoral areas recorded the least amount of rainfall mainly in Kimanjo (3 days), Illingwesi (0 days) and Doldol areas.
Most victims are the Endorois from Loboi village.
The locals say there is a looming disaster of Lake Bogoria waters stretching to neighbouring Lake Baringo and interfering with the aquatic lives because Bogoria is salty water lake.
Hundreds of Baringo residents displaced by floods in Lake Bogoria held demonstrations yesterday to protest alleged neglect by the government.
This evaluation report aims to provide an independent assessment of the performance of the Kenya Initial Rapid Assessment (KIRA) in phase I from June 2012 – May.
In August, Laikipia County received moderate to high rainfall. Most MMF and MF zones recorded a high amount of rainfall (on average 14 days) except Matanya and Endana. The pastoral areas recorded the least amount of rainfall mainly in Kimanjo (3 days), Illingwesi (0 days) and Doldol areas. The ranching zones also recorded good amounts of rainfall.
- The leaders said that over 2,173 people have been displaced by the floods.
- Kalonzo thanked the Red Cross and other well-wishers who have continued to support the affected people.
CORD leaders will visit Baringo County next week Thursday to assist persons displaced by floods due to the ongoing heavy downpour in the area.
Presenting their memorandum to the Wiper Democratic leader Kalonzo Musyoka, the leaders said that over 2,173 people have been displaced by the floods.
Mr Musyoka is the patron of the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation.
Floods have ruined more than 500 acres of maize crop in West Pokot.
Roads have been rendered impassable and the supply of relief food in parts of the North Rift has been adversely affected.
Pokot North District Agricultural Officer Philip Ting’a fears that the floods may affect the harvesting of maize.
“The anticipated 8,000 bags of maize at Konyao division might not be realised since the crop has been submerged,” said Mr Ting’a.
By WYCLIFF KIPSANG email@example.com
More than 800 acres of food crops have been destroyed after the waters of Lake Baringo rose, flooding farms and homesteads.
The worst hit are Ng’ambo and Salabani locations in Marigat District where more than 2,000 people have been displaced by floods.
“We fear that hunger will worsen next year if the rains persist as the volume of the lake extends by at least 10 metres every day.
Risk of starvation
1. Executive Summary
Overall Project/Program Status:
Food security primarily remains stable with the early end of the long rains in May
• Food security is Stressed (IPC Phase 2) but stable in much of the country’s arid and semi-arid areas with normal market availability of food and relatively stable prices coming into the lean season.
Grain from the high- and medium-potential areas are expected to be near average and will enhance food availability by replenishing both household and national food stocks.