Kenya

Kenya: MSSP/CRC Monthly Humanitarian Bulletin Issue No. 1, January 2010

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HIGHLIGHTS

- The intensity of the OctoberDecember short rains led to bumper harvest in Ukambani and other areas.

- Lives, property and Infrastructure were affected by the heavy rains.

- Cholera reemerged in seven districts in 2010

- Government allocated KSH 4.5 billion towards flood interventions

GENERAL OVERVIEW

The humanitarian situation in the country for the reporting period was dominated by flood interventions. The El Nino rains, as forecasted by Kenya Meteorological Department, were received as early as October 2009, causing floods and displacements in some parts of the country. Government and partners prepared for the enhanced rainfall by developing contingency plans and prepositioning food and non-food stocks as early as October 2009. Whilst the short-rains were characterized by temporary dry spell in November, heavy rains resumed in December 2009 causing massive flooding which led to loss of lives, displacement and damage to physical infrastructure such as roads, schools, hospitals and homes. The drought conditions experienced in 2009 after four successive poor rainy seasons were relieved by the short rains of October-December 2009. Pasture regenerated, water sources recharged and by early January 2010, Ukambani and other arable areas started reporting bumper harvest of maize and millet. The combined effects of drought and floods have created humanitarian problems to be addressed. Food insecurity remains a concern in some areas, access to water remains problematic in most districts of North-Eastern and Eastern Provinces. From January 2009 to January 14th 2010, Cholera outbreak affected over 11, 000 people, with 274 deaths recorded.