Flooding in Eastern Kenya Situation Report No. 1 | May 4th 2018



Lutheran World Relief has committed an initial $25,000 for food and non-food item distribution in one of the temporary camps in Tana River County, which currently hosts about 3,000 families.


Floods and heavy rains in Kenya have now displaced at least 244,407 people across the country. The death toll has risen to 80 people and 33 have been injured according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). More than 100,000 people are affected in Tana River County alone.

Rains and flooding have also damaged infrastructure, limiting humanitarian access to the affected areas.
Extensive damages and losses to agricultural fields and livestock have also been reported.

The climate outlook for May 2018 indicates continued above-normal rainfall in Western and Central Kenya. KRCS says it may be four months until families are able to return to their homes.

Emergency shelter, food supplies and non-food items (NFI) are needed as the displaced population increases. Health needs are on the rise, with a focus on prevention of cholera due to the lack of sanitation, and malaria and chikungunya due to increases in the mosquito population due to standing water.


The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has sent chlorine granules and aluminum sulfate to purify water in Tana River. Public Health Officers are supporting hygiene promotion and UNICEF has provided jerry cans, aqua tabs, soap and buckets to the affected counties. KRCS and UNICEF have distributed emergency NFI kits to 13,040 households in Tana, Homa Bay North and Nakuru. There continues to be high demand for NFIs, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, and shelter materials.


Lutheran World Relief is partnering with the Pastoralist Girls’ Initiative (PGI), a local nongovernmental organization, to respond to this emergency. PGI was formed in 2001 with a focus on girls’ education, livelihood development, environment and natural resource management, and health for Tana River and Garissa Counties in eastern Kenya. Many of the girls with whom they work were displaced by the flooding along with their families.

We have committed an initial $25,000 to respond to the immediate needs of families living in temporary camps after being displaced by the flooding. In collaboration with PGI, Lutheran World Relief will provide food and NFIs, including water purification tablets and shelter supplies. We will expand our response to meet the needs of more families as additional resources become available.