11,206 households displaced by floods – Kenya Red Cross

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 23 Apr, 2024 11:23 | 2 mins read
Kenya Red Cross personnel conducting a rescue mission in a flooded ghetto. PHOTO/X (@KenyaRedCross)

Heavy rains have brought deadly flooding to several parts of Kenya in the past three months.

The intense rainfall has affected various regions in Kenya, including the Coastal area, Central areas including Nairobi, the Western Highlands, Rift Valley, Lake Victoria Basin, South-eastern lowlands and North-eastern regions.

Since the onset of the March-April-May (MAM) rains, multiple counties have felt its effects, resulting in households being affected, displacements, establishment of displacement camps, submerged arable land, impacted businesses and livestock deaths.

The Kenya Red Cross Society has reported that as of April 22, 2024, a total of 23 Counties have so far been affected by floods.

According to Society, 24,741 households have been impacted by flooding across the country while 11,206 households have been displaced.

The Red Cross also said that over 188 people have been rescued while over 27,716 acres of land have been submerged by the flooding waters.

4,824 livestock deaths have been reported while 17 people have been injured. Red Cross however did not provide data on human fatalities.

Data from Kenya Red Cross capturing the impact of the ongoing floods. PHOTO/Kenya Red Cross.

Kenya Red Cross has been conducting search and rescue missions, prepositioning shelter kits and distributing essential supplies.

The society has also actively engaged in risk communication efforts to raise public awareness and promote preparedness.

Kenya Red Cross personnel conducting a rescue mission. PHOTO/X (@KenyaRedCross)

Weatherman

Incidents of flooding are expected to continue as the Kenya Meteorological Service forecasts that rainfall will peak this week.

Rainfall is expected to continue over several parts of the country according to a 7-day weather forecast by the Met for the period April 23 to April 29, 2024.

Heavy rainfall events are likely to occur in some parts of the Highlands East and West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, the Rift Valley, the South-eastern lowlands, the Coast, North-western and North-eastern Kenya.

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