Floods updates as of 27th April 2012

Heavy rains being experienced in different parts of the country have resulted into flash floods and lightening leading to deaths, displacements, massive destruction on property and infrastructure, destruction of farms, among other impacts. Currently, a joint assessment of the situation by the Government, Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and other stakeholders has revealed that at least 36 people have lost their lives and 42 others injured as a result of the prevailing situation. Three others are still missing and more than 2,000 households (HH) have been displaced.

The latest case is in Katitu, Nyakach, Kisumu County, where River Awach has burst its banks following heavy rains in the area and its environs for the last three days. As a result, KRCS response from the Kisumu Branch and the Regional office worked with the Provincial Administration (PA) and had the displaced families moved to Rai and Ayueyo Primary Schools. The affected areas include Rai, Ayueyo, Rangun and Sanguta.

In Kisumu and its outskirts, Buoyi, Nyamasaria, Nyalenda, Dunga, among other areas have also been adversely affected by the flooding with houses being submerged, roads rendered inaccessible and bridges on some feeder roads washed away. Crops on farms have also been swept away in the floodwaters and toilets submerged, pausing a danger to health.

Preliminaries reports from the above areas indicate that at least 245 HH have been displaced in Lower Nyakach, 149 HH in Nyando and 230 HH in Kisumu East, though more families are still moving since this morning and the number is likely to go up.

And in the Upper Eastern, the River Athi broke its banks along Kilimambogo, thus affecting residents of Gichiiki village, whose house were submerged and property destroyed. The KRCS response team from Thika Branch worked jointly with the PA and the Juja CDF to evacuate the affected families to Kianjahi Primary School.

In the Coast Region, floods were reported in Malindi in Garashi location with at least 16 HH and 116 people being affected. In Baricho, at least 2000 people were also affected. The assessment of the full impact is ongoing.

Other areas that were recently affected by flooding in the country, since the onset of the long rains include the districts of Mathare, Tana River, Nyakach, Athi River and Suba. Other areas are Lagdera, Loiyangalani, Homa Bay, Naivasha, Gucha South and Kitui County.

KRCS continues to work with the Government and other stakeholders in offering humanitarian assistance to the affected families in areas of evacuations, rescue, food and non-food items, health, water and sanitation, among other interventions, as the needs demand.