Since the start of spring rains, flooding has affected 15 counties across Kenya, particularly the eastern counties. Heavy rains in the Ethiopian highlands and across southern Somalia have resulted in flash floods and riverine flooding in many locations, mostly along the Genale and Wabi Shebelle, the Juba and Shebelle river basins.
To date, over 70 people have been killed and over 210 000 people temporarily displaced in Kenya, with other populations marooned. An estimated 100 000 people have already been displaced across southern Somalia. In Ethiopia, 165 000 people have been severely affected and are in need of emergency assistance.
There is widespread damage to crops, livestock and food-stocks, as well as to water, sanitation and road infrastructure. Contamination of drinking water sources is particularly concerning. Villages and displacement settlements have been inundated.
In Kenya, county governments and the Red Cross are responding with limited emergency assistance in the form of food, shelter and essential household items. More assistance is needed, including water treatment chemicals and rehabilitation of damaged water sources. In Somalia, DG ECHO partners and other actors are mobilizing their Emergency Response Capacity with distributions of household kits in localized areas. In Ethiopia, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission and humanitarian partners are providing food and non-food items.
Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue for the coming week in the region, meaning the current riverine flooding is likely to continue.