On 21st January 2009, Kenya Red Cross Society launched a Drought Appeal targeting Ksh1,870,648,275 to assist 2,627,909 droughtaffected populations for 12 months.
The Nakumatt Downtown Supermarket in Nairobi was gutted down by fire on 28th January 2009, claiming at least 29 lives. Another fire tragedy hit Sachang'wan area in Molo, Rift Valley Province, on 31st January 2009, when a fuel tanker heading to the Great Lakes region overturned along the road and exploded into fire as hundreds of people were siphoning fuel. More than 200 people lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained serious injuries. Another oil tanker exploded on 16th June 2009 at Samutet area, along Kericho-Muhoroni road, claiming some five lives.