Kenya – Floods Displace 1,000 People as 3 Die in Turkana County

Several parts of Turkana County in north west Kenya saw intense rainfall during the afternoon of 10 March, 2016 which led to overflowing of the Turkwel and Kawalase Rivers.

At least three people died in the floods and more than 1,000 others are said to have been displaced from their homes, according to local media. Large numbers of livestock were also reported to have been swept away in the flood waters.

Lodwar town, which sits between the two rivers, was one of the worst affected areas. The villages of Napetet, Soweto, Kalifonia and Nakerekei were also badly hit. Many roads connecting these villages to the rest of the county were flooded making them impassable. Market places, schools and other social amenities were disrupted and rendered inaccessible.

The Director of IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre had earlier warned that some places within the region would continue receiving intense rainfall even as the impacts of El Niño subsided.

The Kenya Meteorological Services issued the March-April-May (MAM) seasonal forecast, saying that most of the counties were expected to receive their onset rainfalls in the second week of March.

Advisories have been issued alongside the forecast and people have been asked to remain alert and follow the weather forecasts closely to reduce their flood risk.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: December 14, 2016
Event
Turkana County, Kenya, March 2016
Date
March 10 to March 13, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Several parts of Turkana County in north west Kenya saw intense rainfall during the afternoon of 10 March, 2016 which led to overflowing of the Turkwel and Kawalase Rivers. At least three people died in the floods and more than 1,000 others are said to have been displaced. Lodwar town, which sits between the two rivers, was one of the worst affected areas. The villages of Napetet, Soweto, Kalifonia and Nakerekei were also badly hit.

Locations

A - Lodwar
B - Turkwel

Magnitude

River level
Overflowing
Turkwel River, Turkana County - March 10 to March 13, 2016
River level
Overflowing
Kawalase River, Turkana County - March 10 to March 13, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
3 people
Turkana County
Evacuated
1,000
Turkana County