Kenya – Deadly Floods in Mombasa After 235 Mm of Rain, Thousands Displaced in Taveta

Update 11, May 2017:

In a statement on 09 May, Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya said that 5 people had died in various parts of the county. He also said that at least 1,500 families have been displaced by the floods. Bridges and roads have suffered damage and livestock have been lost.

Meanwhile in Mombasa, the number of fatalities caused by the heavy rain and floods has risen to 9. Six people were killed when a wall collapsed in Kizingo, Mombasa town on Monday following heavy rains.

Further reports from Mombasa say that 2 people died in a landslide late on Monday in Mikindani, Mombasa. The body of an unidentified man, believed to be a flood victim, was found in Bamburi on Tuesday morning.

Original report, 10 May 2017:

Torrential rain has caused deadly flooding and landslides in southern and eastern parts of Kenya. According to WMO, 235 mm of rain fell in Mombasa in a 24 hour period between 08 and 09 May, 2017.

At least 6 people have died in Mombasa as a result of the heavy rain. Mombasa Governor H.E Hassan Ali Joho, said via Social Media, “I am deeply saddened by the death of six people who were crushed by a perimeter wall which collapsed near Mbaraki Primary due to heavy rains.”

He added, “Let’s all exercise great caution at this time. There have been higher than expected rains and this poses unusual stress on our infrastructure.”

Local media report that over 5000 people in Taveta, Taita Taveta County near the Kenya coast have been displaced by flooding and heavy rain. Local Red Cross said that over 900 families were affected.

Several rivers have overflowed in other areas, including in in Kwale County where bridges and communication routes have been damaged in Lunga-Lunga and Maji Ya Chumvi .

Elsewhere, flooding has also impacted parts of Garrissa County, including Dadaab, the location of UN refugees camps, according to Kenya Red Cross.

The flooding Mbadi River. Photo: Kenya Red Cross

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Flood Summary

Last updated: May 24, 2017
Event
Southern and Eastern Kenya, May 2017
Date
May 7 to May 24, 2017
Type
Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Taveta
B - Lunga-Lunga
C - Maji Ya Chumvi
D - Dadaab
E - Kizingo, Mombasa
F - Mikindani, Mombasa
G - Bamburi, Mombasa

Magnitude

Rainfall level
235 mm in 24 hours
Mombasa - May 8 to May 9, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
26 people
May 8 to May 19, 2017
5 deaths were reported in Kwale County as of 11 May. Kenya Red Cross reports 26 deaths across 13 counties but does not give further details. At least 9 deaths were reported by local government in Mombasa as of 10 May.
Evacuated
24,803
May 8 to May 19, 2017
Governor of Kwale County said 1,500 families displaced between 7 and 11 May. Local government sources say 5,000 people were displaced in Taveta between 7 and 10 May. Kenya Red Cross reports 24,803 figure across 13 counties in the "Coastal, North Eastern, Central and parts of Western region." Counties are not specified. Report linked below.