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04 Nov 2019 description
map UNOSAT

Satellite-detected water extents, as of 28 October 2019 over Garsen Sub County, Tana River County of Kenya

This map illustrates satellite-detected surface water in Garsen Sub County, Tana River County of Kenya as observed from Sentinel-2 imagery acquired on 28 October 2019. Within the analysed extent of about 150 km2, a total about 12 km2 of land appear to be flooded. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.

04 Nov 2019 description

Heavy rainfall and flooding have impacted swathes of eastern Africa since July and intensified in October, affecting at least 2.5 million people and causing displacement and loss of property, crops and livestock. The unusually heavy rains have primarily been driven by the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), which is in its strongest positive state since 2006, according to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Centre.

04 Nov 2019 description

FLOODS BACKGROUND

A strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole weather phenomenon in the western Indian Ocean has resulted in increased rainfall across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. It is already leading to heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides, causing loss of life, displacement, and damage to property and livelihoods. This situation is predicted to intensify through November and December according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts.

04 Nov 2019 description
map UNOSAT

Satellite-detected water extents, as of 2 November 2019 over Wajir East Sub County, Wajir County of Kenya This map illustrates satellite-detected surface water in Wajir East Sub County, Wajir County of Kenya as observed from Sentinel-2 imagery acquired on 2 November 2019. Within the analysed extent of about 200 km2. a total of about 7 km2 of land appear to be flooded.
This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT

03 Nov 2019 description

Tropical storm expected to bring strong winds and light rains to Puntland and Somaliland

Nairobi, 2019: A tropical storm named KYARR has been developing in the northern Indian Ocean and is expected to reach Puntland and Somaliland in 4 to 5 days. The affected areas will experience strong winds and light rains.

02 Nov 2019 description

Background and the Red Cross and Red Crescent action

While some countries in Africa are experiencing drought, others are facing devastating floods. The scale and scope of disaster risk, underlying vulnerabilities and complex socio-political and economic factors are unparalleled. Climate change and environmental degradation are exacerbating risk many times over. Recent forecasts suggest the flooding will continue to worsen over the coming weeks, likely to impact over one million people before this crisis is over.

02 Nov 2019 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected surface water in Wajir East Sub County, Wajir County of Kenya as observed from Sentinel-2 imagery acquired on 28 October 2019. Within the analysed extent of about 450 km2, a total of about 25 km2 of land appear to be flooded. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.

01 Nov 2019 description

Heavy rainfall since early October in Kenya has affected more than 100,000 people, displaced 14,000 and caused at least 29 deaths.

The rains have caused flash floods, mudslides and landslides in various counties, with Wajir County in the north-east among the hardest-hit.

Read the full story on United Nations OCHA.

01 Nov 2019 description

The IRC is assessing the damage and launching immediate responses to help those most impacted by the storms in Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. IRC teams in Somalia are on alert and preparing for disaster as Kyarr makes its way towards Puntland

31 Oct 2019 description

Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in parts of Central and East Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.

  2. The Ubangui River has triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western Democratic Republic of Congo last week.

  3. Flooding will continue this week due to saturated ground conditions and continued rainfall in the Afar region of Ethiopia, eastern South Sudan, and the border of Ethiopia and Sudan.

31 Oct 2019 description
  • The rainy season has brought floods, flash floods and landslides since eary October, leading to casualties and damage.

  • 43,000 people have been affected in Wajir County (north-east Kenya) and the number of flood-related deaths has increased to 29. Approximately 36,000 people have been displaced, more than 101,000 affected, 52 schools and 14 facilities are inaccessible. Roads are flooded and two bridges damaged, including the main bridge linking Tanzania and Kenya.

30 Oct 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Heavy rainfall since early October has affected more than 100,000 people, displaced thousands and caused at least 29 deaths in Kenya.

• The rains have driven flash floods, mudslides and landslides in various counties, with Wajir county amongst the hardest-hit.

• Floods have damaged infrastructure, including roads and bridges, and access to food, education and healthcare has been hampered.

30 Oct 2019 description

As heavy flooding in the Horn of Africa region continues to put the lives of many vulnerable communities at risk, the European Commission today is providing an additional €3 million in emergency aid. The funding will be provided through humanitarian organisations in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan.

26 Oct 2019 description

A strong positive Indian Ocean Dipole weather phenomenon, whereby warm sea surface temperatures in the western Indian Ocean result in increased rainfall across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, is already leading to heavy rainfall, flash floods and landslides, causing loss of life, displacement, and damage to property and livelihoods. This situation is predicted to intensify through November and December.

24 Oct 2019 description

Considerable flooding continues across East and West Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.

  2. The Logone River in northern Cameroon has flooded and continued rain expected next week is likely to maintain high water levels.

  3. Northern South Sudan has reported flooding from high river levels accumulating from parts of Sudan and Ethiopia.

24 Oct 2019 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting several counties since last week, causing flash flooding and landslides.

  • According to media reports, as of 24 October, 9 people have died as a result, 4 in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, 4 in Wajir county and 1 in Turkana County. Thousands of people have been displaced and roads and houses have been damaged.

  • Moderate to heavy rain is expected over central and eastern counties over the next 24 hours.

24 Oct 2019 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By MANASE OTSIALO

Four children drowned on Tuesday in Eldas, Wajir County as they attempted to swim in a swollen stream.

Two of the victims were in Standard Five, one in Grade One and another in Grade Three.

Heavy rains in the area have occasioned flash floods which have cut off roads and marooned villages.

Wajir County Director of Education Hussein Osman confirmed the deaths.

EXAM CENTRES

The official said as a result of the heavy rains, some examination centres have been moved.

23 Oct 2019 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • The flash floods have also rendered several roads impassable.

  • Mr Thuo said that since Friday last week, four people have been killed by flash floods.

  • St Kevin Secondary School and Erait Academy have already closed and learners sent home following the floods.

By SAMMY LUTTA

A woman died on Tuesday evening after she was swept away by flash floods in Lorugum village, Loima in Turkana County.

21 Oct 2019 description
report Voice of America

By Sora Halake
October 21, 2019 11:38 AM

U.S. weather forecasters predict continued heavy rainfall in eastern African regions that have already been hit hard by heavy rains and flash flooding.

The regions including the southern part of Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Uganda, the northern part of Tanzania, and Kenya usually get limited rainfall from September to December, according the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).