Kenya: National Flood Disaster Committee appeals for food

The National Flood Disaster Committee has appealed for the urgent supply of food items for distribution to 21,000 flood-displaced people living in 12 makeshift camps in Budalang'i Division, an area served by World Vision's Bunyala Area Development Programme (ADP).
Food items required include maize, beans, vegetable oil and unimix for children under five years old.

It is estimated that the people will need relief food for at least the next three months, considering that more rainfall is expected during the short rainy season in October and November.

Other major requirements include gunny bags for the repair of the dyke along River Nzoia, and toilet slabs.

World Vision Kenya has been asked to provide 21 toilet slabs for the purposes of ensuring good sanitary conditions in the camps.

The needs were identified following a recent tour of the flooded area by a rapid needs assessment team comprising staff from the UNDP, Kenya Red Cross and World Vision Kenya.

Bunyala ADP recently provided 1,000 gunny bags to members of the local community to help repair a section of the broken dyke.

The needs assessment team says the renewed flooding in Budalang'i is the result of the dyke breaking along River Nzoia at four points.

The team recommended that urgent measures be taken to repair the broken sections of the dyke before the wet season next month.

It is also recommended that roads in the area should be repaired so as to hasten deliveries of food to the displaced people in the 12 camps.

The team noted with appreciation that both the government and the local people were willing to undertake food for work projects to repair the dyke.

The military, which has heavy-duty trucks, is helping to deliver food to parts of the area where roads have been heavily damaged by rainfall and floods.

Meanwhile, increased cases of malaria, diarrhoea and mumps have been reported in some camps.