OCHA Flash Update #3: Floods in Kenya | 04 May 2018

Situation Report
Originally published



  • Floods have displaced around 260,200 people and reportedly killed 100 across Kenya.

  • 205 schools across affected counties have been damaged.

Situation Overview

Heavy rains continue to be reported across Kenya, where floods have now displaced 48,177 households (about 260,200 people), and the death toll has risen to an estimated 100 people, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). Many of those impacted by the floods live in counties previously affected by drought.

Damage to major community water systems has been reported in Garissa, Makueni and Isiolo counties, while shallow wells have been contaminated in Tana River, Kilifi, and Garissa, as latrines have collapsed or flooded.

At least 205 schools in Tana River (71), Garissa (49), Wajir (42), Baringo (5), Samburu (8) and Kisumu (15) have sustained damages, including flooding, collapse of latrines and destruction of education materials, according to education sector partners. At least 11 schools are being used as shelters by internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Garissa and Tana River.

The spread of communicable diseases remains a concern, with five counties facing active cholera outbreaks (Garissa, Isiolo, Meru, Turkana and West Pokot). The number of cholera cases reported to date in 2018 – 2,943 cases including 55 deaths (Case Fatality Rate (CFR) 1.9%) – is four times the number reported during the same period in 2017. Three counties – Kilifi, Lamu and Mombasa – have reported cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease, and the latest reports indicate that Rift Valley Fever has been detected in the animal population in Baringo county, increasing the risk of animal to human transmission.

Humanitarian Response

The KRCS is leading response efforts across the country and has launched an emergency appeal for CHF4,746,755 (US$4.7 million) to assist 150,000 people. Kenya Initial Rapid Assessments (KIRA) are underway alongside relief interventions, and United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are supporting the KRCS-led response. The Ministry of Health and health partners have revised the cholera and chikungunya response plan and mobilized internal resources, including county emergency funds, to respond to the cholera and chikungunya outbreaks. Community mobilisation is ongoing to raise awareness of measures to ensure access to safe water and safe excreta disposal in cholera-affected areas.
The overall response to the floods has, however, been impacted by access challenges as many areas are not reachable due to damaged or impassable roads.

The next Flash Update will be issued as required, as soon as more information is available.

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