Operations Update: Kenya - Floods update No. 3

Situation Report
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This Information Bulletin (no. 3/2006) reflects the information available at this time.

The Situation

Due to the continuing rainfall, many parts of the country continued to experience increased flooding. More people have been displaced and forced to higher ground and thus lost property in the process. There are threats of disease outbreak in many affected areas due to the collapse and lack of sanitation facilities.

North Eastern Province

Most of the displaced population is gathered in schools, institutions and hospitals. The Ifo refugee camp has been destroyed by the floods and a few cases of diarrhoeal disease have been identified. There is an urgent need of sanitation i.e. construction of latrines and chlorination of water.

In Mandera District, The effects of floods are still being felt majorly in the urban areas of Mandera, Elwak, Rhamu, and Takaba which are inaccessible due the poor state of the roads. The major diseases being experienced due to floods are diarrhoeal diseases and Malaria. The affected areas are in urgent need of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS), Mosquito nets, Antibiotics (Doxycycline), chlorine tabs for water purification and health kits. In Turkana, there are normal rains but the road heading to Kakuma refugee camp is heavily flooded

Garissa has been the worst hit area in the last five days. The release of the seven folks dam water aggravated the situation and caused Tana River to burst its banks. Effects of the dam waters compounded by two days of heavy rainfall has seen the water encroaching well over 2.5 Kms on either side of the rivers main course, as a result over 6,000 people within the municipality have been displaced and rendered destitute overnight with all their belonging being submerged and others washed away. Areas beyond the 20Km radius from the town centre have been cut off and also the main road leading to Wajir and Mandera districts has been cut off. The major effects of the current floods include displacement of over 1000 families so far, loss of livestock and general disruption of normal business and activities.

Over 200 farm workers have been marooned by the flooding waters in the area and an area of 2.5 KMs on either side of the normal Tana River course is marooned. Three primary schools have been closed down and there has been a massive destruction on the Irrigation schemes e.g. water pumps.

Coast Province

In Kwale District, there is no major outbreak of malaria but, however, there is a threat of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases.

In Tana River, the affected population (Approximately 10,000 people) is currently gathered at schools in Madogo. Madogo is on the way to Garissa and is generally accessible. However, there is urgent need of Mosquito nets, chlorine tabs and volunteers.

In Kilifi District, there are diarrhoeal cases which cannot be attributed to the floods but there is a possibility of a cholera outbreak. In Garsen, 80 people have been affected in Mukameni and Mwina location by floods. Talakan village, Kororabi and Excabic is flooded and people have already moved to Wema. On Saturday 18/11/06, a child (girl) was washed away in Kororabi and the body was found and buried.

In Hola, it is still raining and the roads are impassable and travelling from Garsen to Mombasa is a big problem. It is estimated that the floods might affect 20,000 people. The National society is working closely with the M.O.H to monitor health situation.

Western Province

In Vihiga, the Vihiga High School was extensively damaged after heavy downpour accompanied by strong winds. The roof of the 2 dormitories, dinning hall, 3 classrooms, 5 industrial blocks and a staff room was blown off. 40 students were hurt and admitted at Mbale District Hospital with minor injuries but were discharged yesterday. The Approximate cost for damage is Kshs. 20 M. (this was reported by the Head teacher). The school was closed down after the disaster.

Nyanza Province

In Migori, it's still raining heavily but there is no flooding. However, River Nyando's water level is rising and if it continues to rain, there are fears of floods.

Eastern province

In Isiolo, It is raining heavily and the road from Merti and Basa is impassable. The situation was reported to worsen because there's no access for transportation of food to the affected area.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Mr. Abbas Gullet, Secretary General, Email;

Dr. Asha Mohamed, Deputy Secretary General, Email;

Mr. Abdi Shakur, Ag Head of Department, Disaster Preparedness and Response, Email abdishakur@

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