Floods 2011 - DREF operation no. MDRKE020

CHF 300,003 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Kenya Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,500 households (21,000 beneficiaries). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: The expected October-November- December (OND) short rains have so far been characterized by heavy rainfall and storms in various parts of North Eastern, Coast, Upper Eastern, North Rift, South Rift and Western regions of Kenya.

The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMED) reports that wet conditions have been sustained in most parts of the country with heavy daily rainfall (greater than 20mm) being experienced in various parts of the country.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) estimates that to date, at least 25 people have lost their lives in flood-related incidents and approximately 15,045 households (91,692 people) have been displaced from their homes. These figures are expected to rise as the rains are set to continue into mid-January 2012.
Most of the people affected are already highly vulnerable due to the extended period of drought. The combination of protracted floods following drought could heighten the impact of the disaster as more deaths, destruction of property, disease outbreaks and displacements are expected to increase.

Through this DREF-supported operation, KRCS seeks to assist 3,500 households affected by floods for a period of four months, through provision of food and non-food items, search and rescue services, health interventions as well as water and sanitation services.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 4 months, and will therefore be completed by 9 April, 2012. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 9 July, 2012).