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El Nino Rainfall Monitoring Report 22 on November 18, 2015

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Situation Overview

An increase of rainfall has generally been witnessed in most parts of the Country since the beginning of the month. Heavy rainfall was witnessed in Narok, Nakuru,Tana Delta, Bomet, TharakaNithi, Siaya, Kirinyaga, Migori, Samburu, Nairobi, Bungoma, Nyeri, Nyandarua and Murang’a Counties. Average rainfall was received in Turkana and Kisii Counties. Light showers were received in most parts of Kilifi County. North Eastern region did not witness any rainfall.

Updates per county

Narok County
There has been moderate downpour across the sub counties counties with rainfall slightly above normal being recorded. As result, most rivers ( Ewaso Nyiro, Mara, Siapei and other streams) remain swollen with possibilities of breaking their banks if the rains continue to pound the area. Most areas remain inaccessible particularly the Siera leone in Mau and communities have been reminded to move due to the serious risk of massive mudslides happening soon. This message is being disseminated through barazas and local radio stations. A total of over 1460 families are at risk due to their status of living on the slopes of Mau highlands, where more than twelve landslides incidents have occurred sweeping away crops and destroying some houses. The affected families are seeking refuge with the neighboring families who are also at risk. According to the county public health team in Narok south; there are fears of possible outbreak of malaria and water borne diseases due to poor disposal of human waste.

Samburu County
Heavy rainfall was received yesterday (17Th November) during the day. In Wamba area, 30 families and unconfirmed number of cattle were displaced by the heavy downpour. Most of the roads in the County were also rendered impassable. KRCS is carrying out an assessment.

Migori County
Flash floods were reported in Nyatike Sub-County. The water level in River Kuja rose beyond its capacity and led to flash floods, which displaced 35 households in Nyora and 18 households in Agugo. Residents are advised to move to safer grounds. Further assessment is being carried out today

Kericho County
Heavy rainfall was received in most parts of the County. A mudslide was reported in Kipkelion however no injury was reported. Other areas received heavy rainfall.

Tharaka Nithi County
Tharaka Nithi received heavy rainfall, lasting for several hours since evening into the morning. Three latrines in Chiakariga Primary School have been reported to have sunk due to the continuous heavy downpour.

Bungoma County
Mt Elgon region received heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours, a 15-year old girl was swept away last evening in River Kibifi, and her body was recovered earlier today. A bridge connecting 2 villages (KimuKung- Kipchiria) was also swept away by the heavy down pour.

Mombasa County
Following yesterday’s heavy downpour, heavy rainfall was received in most areas of the County, a wall collapsed in Tudor leaving 2 critically injured. The injured were evacuated to Coast General hospital. Another house collapsed in Mikindani, KRCS and the County Government responded and evacuated 6 families (11 women; 6 boys; 3 girls) to safer grounds .KRCS distributed Non Food Items to the affected families.

Nairobi County
Above average rainfall was received in the entire Nairobi County. Flash floods were reported in Thika Super High Way, affecting the residents of Kahawa, Githurai, Roysambu and Mwiki areas. Most vehicles plying that route were stuck for several hours. Ruai I.D.P camp also experienced flash floods after Nairobi river broke its bank, water flowed into 40 structures that were erected in the camp displacing 60 people.The DCC advised the residents to move to safer grounds as they wait to be evacuated .

Response Measures

Following the bursting of River Nyando ON 17th November, distribution is currently on going in Kogallo by KRCS and other inter-agencies area targeting 230 households. The risk of outbreak of malaria and waterborne diseases is very high.

Today’s Weather Forecast

The latest forecast from KMS, indicates that, rainfall is expected to continue over several parts of the Country. Heavy rainfall of more than 50mm in 24 hours expected in TransNzoia, Bungoma, Busia, parts of Kakamega and near Mt.Elgon.