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Kenya: Floods and Landslides Information Bulletin No.3

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The Kenya Red Cross Society's mission is to build capacity and respond with vigor, compassion and empathy to those affected by disaster and at risk in the most effective and efficient manner. It works closely with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

This Information Bulletin No. 3. November/2008 reflects the information available at this time.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

 Mr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; gullet.abbas@kenyaredcross.orgPhone 254.20.60.35.93; 254.20.3950000 Fax 254.20.60.35.89

Dr. James Kisia, Deputy Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; kisia.james@kenyaredcross.org Phone 254.20.60.35.93; 254.20.3950000 Fax 254.20.60.35.89

Mr. Titus Mung'ou, Public Relations Officer, Kenya Red Cross Society, Email; info@kenyaredcross.org Phone 254.20.60.35.93; 254.20.3950000 Fax 254.20.60.35.89

Kenya Red Cross adheres to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning the Kenya Red Cross programmes or operations, or for a full description of the Society's profile, please access the Kenya Red Cross Website at http://www.kenyaredcross.org or the Federation's Website at http://www.ifrc.org

Situation

Kenya Red Cross is grateful to the media for highlighting the preliminary appeal targeting to raise Ksh585 million to assist more than 300,000 people affected by floods, landslides and conflicts in the country.

LATEST NEWS (14th November 2008)

FLOODS IN KENYA

Nyanza and Western provinces have recorded increased floods especially in Budalang'i (South and North), Siaya, Alego Usonga and Kisumu districts (Kapuothe Village - West Kolwa Sub-location in Nyalenda Constituency).

At least 2000 people are trapped in flood waters in Budalang'i and rescue efforts to move them to safer grounds are underway.

Villages affected in Budalang'i include Mudembi, IhulaKhulundu Sivenje Igigo and Sikohe. Floods in Siaya (Alego-Usonga) occurred after River Nzoia burst its banks for the first time since 1963. Uranga Division has been worst hit. In Nyadorera A and B sub- locations, more than 1,080 acres farmlands (maize, vegetables) have been damaged. The villages affected are Muhondo, Uhere, Kamalunga and Rwambwa.

Floods have also swept through Migori District Makalda and Karungu areas of Nyatike Divison. In Nyando District, floods hit Kokul and Kochieo villages of Kogwedhi Location. More than 10,000 people have been affected by floods in Western Kenya. In Budalang'i South and North, 5,000 people have been affected while Siaya has 1,602, Migori 700 Kisumu 350 and Nyando 100 Victims of the flood.

In Kisumu East District, about 70 households are affected. The populations displaced by floods are hosted by their neighbours. In Migori District, floods have affected 500 people although the water levels are subsiding.

No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.

Displaced people in Siaya are in three camps: Nyandorera A, two camps at the Chief's camp and Kamalunga Church hosting 550 people, 200 people from Uhere, 250 from Muhondo and 100 from Kamalunga villages. In Nyandorera B sub-location 205 displaced persons are camping at Rwambwa Health Centre while 167 have been affected in Sumba village.

Floods have also been reported in Nyatike Division Makalda Central Kadem in Migori District where 700 people are affected and 154 houses partially submerged in water. At Karungu Market, 80 households are displaced after a section of the market was submerged in the floods. Among those displaced are 20 students from Lwanda Secondary School and some 70 children aged below 5 years.

In Nyanza Province, the water and sanitation facilities in most parts affected by floods are damaged. Some health facilities have also been damaged posing a danger of malaria, diarrhoea, helmynthiasis and skin infections.

Kenya Red Cross is responding to flood disasters in Siaya, Budalangi, Kisumu and Migori by supplying tarpaulins, kitchen sets, and mosquito nets, rolls of tissue papers, blankets and bars soaps. In partnership with the Government, the Society has distributed 1000 bags of maize, 600 bags of rice, 100 bags of beans and 60 cartons of cooking oil in Budalangi.

in North Eastern Province, Wajir and Garissa towns remain flooded. Many people have migrated to safer areas with their families, including school-going children who have been forced to suspend their education. Water and sanitation are the most affected, posing a health hazard as bucket toilets are flooded.

Donations can be channelled through the following accounts:

Account Name: KRCS Relief Account
Bank: Barclays Bank of Kenya
Branch: Enterprise Road
Account Number: 070-8040126

Account Name: KRCS Relief Account
Bank: National Bank of Kenya
Branch: Harambee Avenue
Account Number: 01021-054338-00

Account Name: KRCS Relief Account
Bank: Kenya Commercial Bank
Branch: Moi Avenue
Account Number: 017 - 234770832.

Account Name: KRCS Relief Account
Bank: Co-operative Bank
Branch: Co-operative House
Account Number:     0110030552000

Yours Sincerely

Signed

Titus Mung'ou
PR & Communications Officer
Kenya Red Cross Society
0722 866 830/0737 866830