ACT Alliance: Rapid Response Fund/No.5/2018 - Floods Emergency in Kenya



Heavy rain from 2nd March 2018 in several parts of the country have led to floods. According to OCHA Flash Update #2 on the floods in Kenya dated 3rd May 2018, the floods have now displaced at least 244,407 people (45,219 households) across Kenya with the death toll rising to 80 people and 33 persons injured. The update cites that the highest displaced populations are reported in Tana River, Turkana, Mandera and Kilifi counties.

The floods have led to the displacement of people (over 3,000 households in Garashi ward in Kilifi county and over 3,000 families in Nyando and Muhoroni sub-counties in Kisumu county and North Karachuonyo sub-county in Homa Bay county). Moreover, these displaced families have lost their shelter, livestock and crops on the farms as well as farmlands. In the camps where the displaced households have sought shelter, they are in dire need of food, non-food items, WASH services, healthcare and psychosocial support. Their displacement and loss of assets have led to erosion of their livelihoods.

In the Weather Review for April and the Outlook for May 2018, the Kenya Meteorological Department forecasts that several parts of Western and Central Kenya are likely to experience generally enhanced rainfall and states that may lead to localized flooding and associated impacts especially in parts of Western Kenya.