World Vision to respond to flood-affected people in Kenya

World Vision's Marigat Area Development Program (ADP) is seeking resources to enable it to respond to the immediate needs of residents severely affected by recent floods in Marigat and Mukutani Divisions of Baringo District in Kenya.
The ADP's disaster response plan includes provision of relief food, restocking, primary healthcare intervention, restoration of damaged infrastructure and community capacity building.

The floods killed livestock, destroyed crops, caused environmental degradation and damaged housing, settlements and road networks.

Marigat ADP has integrated in its Initial Disaster Preparedness Plan (IDPP), a disaster strategy that seeks to enhance the capacity of the local community and other stakeholders in matters of disaster mitigation.

The ADP is networking with the government and other development agencies as it seeks to help bring sustainable development and disaster preparedness in the area it serves.

The recent floods in Baringo District followed a devastating drought in the area. Suffering from the disaster was made worse due to the fact that people had still not recovered from the impact of the drought and previous floods, which had left many displaced.

Chepkonga says it is not possible to carry out meaningful development while the recipient community's attention is diverted towards addressing its immediate basic needs emanating from the flood disaster.

Marigat ADP serves Marigat and Mukutani Divisions of Baringo District, an area that is prone to frequent disasters such as drought, floods, cattle rustling, and massive environmental degradation caused by aridity and soil erosion.

The main sources of livelihood for these groups are livestock and agriculture through irrigation and to a small extent rain-fed agriculture. Other sources include beekeeping and small-scale business enterprises at the major trading centers.

Baringo District has, since 2002, experienced three cases of floods. The floods have come after a prolonged drought in 1999 and 2000.