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05 Jul 2017 description

by Kagondu Njagi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 4 July 2017 10:00 GMT

“Aid of this nature is good because it has helped me stabilise my life"

By Kagondu Njagi

NAROK, Kenya, July 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After heavy rains flooded John Macharia's tailoring shop in 2015, damaging his stock, the 75-year-old considered quitting his business of 14 years.

10 May 2017 description

By Evelyne Karanja

NAIROBI, 10 May 2017 – Rising disasters in Africa’s cities and their links with poverty and rapid, unplanned urbanisation are ever more apparent from tragedies such as the recent rubbish dump landslide in Addis Ababa, which killed at least 113 people.

Tackling urban risk will be a key issue when governments and a broad range of other stakeholders, including businesses and tech experts, meet in two weeks’ time in Mexico for the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

26 Jan 2017 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.

26 Oct 2016 description


In 2015, models by metrological agencies globally, including the Kenya Metrological Department (KMED), predicted a 90% probability of El Niño conditions1 during the "short rains" of the October, November, December (OND) season. The forecasts predicted above average rainfall in parts of Kenya and an approximate 80% chance of the El Niño conditions lasting into early 2016. The impacts were expected to vary geographically, with some areas experiencing seasonal flooding and others experiencing just good rainfall for agricultural production.

31 Aug 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Preliminary findings from nutrition surveys between May and July 2016 indicate the situation in Turkana, Baringo and West Pokot counties remain critical, with Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rates over 20 percent in parts of Turkana (over 15 percent emergency threshold).

01 Jul 2016 description

Food security to deteriorate as lean season sets in earlier than normal


24 Jun 2016 description

Substantial rain returned to Uganda and the Lake Victoria region this past week

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Low and infrequent rainfall since late March has resulted in drought across parts of southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania. The potential for recovery remains unlikely.

  2. Consistently below-normal rainfall over the past 4 weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for portions of Uganda and western Kenya. This pattern has resulted in low soil moisture and poor vegetation health index values.

14 Jun 2016 description

The Trilogy Emergency Relief Application (TERA) is an innovative location-targeted SMS system that allows users, including National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, to send messages containing disaster warnings, health advice, and updates on emergency preparedness and responses. This system is also designed for a two-way communication approach that allows aid agencies and mobile phone users in disaster-prone areas to interact.

08 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Although the food security situation in Kenya has improved in 2016, from 1.1 million to 639,400 people food insecure following two consecutive above-average rainy seasons, disease outbreaks, insecurity, flash flooding and a refugee crisis continue to present humanitarian needs and challenges.

  • By 23 May 2016, a total of 15,421 cholera cases with 243 deaths (CFR=1.6%) had been reported nationally. A total of 162 cases of measles and two cases of Yellow Fever have also been reported.

02 Jun 2016 description


• TC BONNIE formed over the northwestern Atlantic ocean on 27 May causing damage.

• As of 30 May, local media reported one person missing in North Carolina state, as well as traffic disruptions in the states of North & South Carolina and Virginia. (GDACS, NOAA, Media)


• Heavy rain has been affecting the central and southern areas of the country over the past week causing floods and landslides.

31 May 2016 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting the country, especially the county of Tana River, over the past few days causing floods and damage. As of 31 May early morning (UTC), local media reported 2 500 people displaced and 200 houses damaged by floods in Tana River county.
  • Over the next 24 h light to locally moderate rain may still affect the south-western areas of the country.
31 May 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall was received during the first and second dekad of the month with cessation being witnessed during the third dekad. For instance, rainfall received in Nasukuta was 138 percent of the normal with a temporal distribution of fourteen days. The distribution in space was relatively good.

30 May 2016 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

The most affected areas are Konemasa and Chara locations.


More than 2,500 families in Tana Delta are marooned after Tana River burst its banks.

Many have been forced to relocate to higher ground as others sought accommodation from relatives and friends in neighbouring villages that have not been affected.

The residents from a reported 46 flooded villages appealed to the county government, through the Special Programmes Department, and humanitarian agencies for help.

23 May 2016 description

Key Messages

  • The 2016 long rains have been fully established across most parts of the country. The rains have been average to above average in the medium and high potential agricultural areas, which is expected to yield an average to above-average harvest in these areas. However, in the marginal agricultural and pastoral areas, rainfall has been below average in some areas, especially in the southeast and coastal marginal, which is likely to lead to a below-average crop harvest for the marginal areas.

21 May 2016 description

Rainfall deficits continue to increase in the Gulf of Guinea region

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since October 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

20 May 2016 description
  • Close to 640 000 people in Kenya are food insecure and more than 80% of these live in the country’s arid regions. Inter-clan conflict, insecurity and disease outbreaks also continue to destabilise many people’s lives in addition to drought. This year’s El Niño has led to torrential rains and floods causing damage and fatalities across the country.
  • Kenya hosts nearly 600 000 refugees from South Sudan, Somalia and the Great Lakes region.
17 May 2016 description
report Kenya Red Cross
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Situation report 006 – Country Wide Floods and Huruma Building Collapse
Sitrep no. 006/May/2016
Date of issue – 16/05/2016
Time period of Sitrep: 1600Hrs

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