Operations Update: Kenya - Floods update No. 1

Situation Report
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This Information Bulletin (no. 1/2006) reflects the information available at this time.

The Situation

Kenya continues to receive heavy downpour which has adversely affected over 300,000 people. Owing to the gravity of the floods situation, the Kenya Red Cross Society issued a Preliminary Floods Appeal amounting to Ksh 562,072,500 (approximately US$ 7.8 million) to assist 300,000 people for 3 months. Heavy rains are still progressing in various parts of the country with North Eastern and the Coastal Provinces recording as high as 60mm of rainfall according to the Kenya Meteorological Department yesterday (16th November 2006).

Central Kenya

In Nyeri, 53 houses were yesterday submerged between Municipality and Ken West areas leaving 34 families affected.

Northern Kenya

In Isiolo, flooding has occurred in Ngarmara area, 22km from Isiolo town. After an assessment conducted by the National Society, it was established that 1,800 people had been affected and have been forced to move to higher ground. In Ngarmara 690 people were affected, another 600 people were affected in Atan and in Alkodhi 510 people were affected by flooding. In addition, Utan Primary School is flooded and one nursery school destroyed.

In Mandera, more than 600 people were affected by floods in Elwak location. In Moyale, 500 people have been displaced, 365 latrines damaged and 500 houses destroyed. In Marsabit, the National Society is closely monitoring Loyangalani area since there are fears of flooding. Due to the collapse of latrines, there are threats of disease outbreak. In Garissa, 1,000 people were affected by two days of incessant rainfall. The area District Commissioner confirmed that the 7-folks dam waters have been released due to overflow.

Eastern and Coast Province

Flooding has occurred in both Tana River and Kilifi districts. Tana River is currently underwater due to the overflowing of Kiambere dam. Kengen had issued an internal alert regarding the possible release of water from the dam gates as it was full.

Nyanza Province

Normal rains have been experienced in Migori District. However, water levels in Migori and Nyando are increasing rapidly.

Western Province

In Busia, 4,200 people have been displaced since Maduma area is flooded and people have been forced to move to higher grounds.

Red Cross Action

The National Society together with partners has conducted an aerial assessment in Malindi, Kilifi, Tana River and Ijaara to gauge the extent of the damage to infrastructure and livelihoods. Another assessment will be conducted on 18th November 2006 where the assessment team will visit North Eastern and Eastern Provinces. The National Society's Garissa Branch office has already sent an evacuation warning to move to safer ground, 20km on either side of the River Tana. They are using two vehicles to warn communities to move to higher ground due to the overflowing Kiambere Dam.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Mr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Email;
Dr. Asha Mohamed, Deputy Secretary General, Email;
Mr. Ahmed Abdi, Ag Head of Department, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Email
Mr. Anthony Mwangi, Public Relations Manager, Email

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