Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015

Disaster description

Heavy rainfall was received in most parts the County; Busia, Homabay, Nandi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Bomet, Nyandarua, Turkana, Kericho, Nairobi and Narok Counties are amongst them. Average rainfall was witnessed in Malindi, Nyeri, Baringo, Mombasa, and Samburu Counties. Light showers were recorded in Garissa and Wajir Counties. KRCS activated various responses to the incidents resulting from increased rainfall witnessed in the country over the last few days (Kenya Red Cross, 10 Nov 2015).

WFP has started responding to county requests and assessed food needs in Garissa and Tana River. In Tana River, a rapid assessment found that 6,840 households (41,000 people) require food assistance. In Garissa, provisional estimates indicate that up to 20,000 households (120,000 people) are displaced or cut off, and may need relief assistance. The government has requested the army to provide a helicopter for an aerial assessment. (WFP, 2 Dec 2015)

It is expected that flooding will continue through December 2015 and into early January in Western Kenya (due to overflow of Rivers Nyando, and Nzoia), and in the counties of Garissa, Tana River and Kilifi (mainly due to heavy downpour in the Mount Kenya Region, which forms the catchment zone for the River Tana).

The ongoing rains have led to a host of problems, including flooding (rivers bursting their banks in Garissa, Tana River, Migori, Busia and Homa Bay), flash floods (Narok), landslides/mudslides (Mt. Elgon, Kisii, West Pokot and Narok) road traffic accidents (Turkana, Homa Bay, and Nairobi) and lightning strikes (Kisii). Together, it has resulted in 112 deaths and 73 recorded injuries. In total, 40,121 Households (HHs) (approximately 240,726 people) have been affected, including a total of 17,254 HHs (approximately 103,524 people) who have been displaced. (IFRC, 4 Jan 2016)

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