Kenya - Floods - Emergency Plan of Action DREF n° MDRKE037

A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster

Heavy rainfall has been observed in various parts of the country throughout the month of April 2016. Since 24 April 2016, this has intensified and resulted in widespread flooding in Nairobi, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Turkana. A total of 34,129 people have been affected. Nairobi County has so far experienced the worst effects of the rains and flooding, with lower income slum areas of Nairobi amongst those worst affected. On 29 April 2016, heavy rains led to the collapse of one residential building in the Huruma Estate in the North East of the city, which accommodated 107 families. As of 3 May 2016, Sixteen (16) deaths have been confirmed, 135 people have been treated for multiple types of injuries, and 75 have been reported missing.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing to rescue survivors that may still be trapped under the rubble. The latest forecast from the Kenya Meteorological department (KMD) indicates a likelihood of continued heavy rains in most parts of the country including parts of Western, Nyanza, Central and Northern Kenya. Flooding in Kenya is known to occur during the long rainy seasons (March-April-May), however many of the areas have been affected this year are in areas that are not normally impacted to the level experienced, or beyond what is expected.