Kenya: Drought Revised Emergency appeal n°MDRKE039


This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 9,107,628 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to deliver assistance and support to 340,786 people for 12 months (an increase of 226,166 people, with a focus on the following sectors: Health; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion; Livelihoods, Nutrition and Food Security; and Disaster Risk Reduction. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this time of the evolving operation, and will be adjusted based on further developments and more detailed assessments.

The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date

March – May 2016: During the seasonal rains, heavy flooding of River Tana washed away crops and delayed planting amongst the communities living along the river in Garissa and Tana River, resulting in reduced household level food security and dietary intake. On the other hand, parts of arid and semi-arid (ASAL) counties started experiencing some level of drought stress due to poor performance of the March-May 2016 long rainy season.

June 2016: The Government early warning system started signaling drought stress in pockets of coast region as early as June.

September 2016: The early warning information covering the month of September indicated most drought affected counties as Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River and Taita Taveta. Others are Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Makueni, Kitui and Samburu. The drought and food security situation in these counties ranges from moderate to severe.

November 2016: The KRCS through the IFRC launches an Emergency Appeal for 3,844,037 Swiss francs. A total of 297,808 Swiss francs was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

January 2017: The Kenya Red Cross Society through the IFRC revises the Appeal.