More Flood Deaths in Kenya and Tanzania

Although nowhere near the scale of flooding seen in Malawi or Mozambique earlier this year, recent flood events in Kenya and Tanzania have had a significant impact on daily life in several regions of the two countries, and after further heavy rain over the weekend, have now left a total of 21 people dead since late March.

Kenya Floods

At least 13 people have now died in floods in southern and western Kenya since heavy rainfall first began on 05 April 2015.

Flooding in Homa Bay on 10 April left seven people dead after they were swept away by flood water attempting to cross swollen rivers near Gongo and Kotieno.

Local reports say that the heavy rain has resulted in several rivers, including the Achak, Awach Kende and Oluch, to overflow.

Earlier this month, at least 5 people died in Siaya County after heavy rains resulted in flooding after local dams were breached.

In Kajiado county, one person was killed after he was swept away in his vehicle by the overflowing Olkerirai River on Sunday 05 April 2015

Around 1,500 people were forced from their homes after flood water started to rise in Muhoroni, Kisumu county, on Monday 06 April 2015.

After the recent spate of flooding in Kisumu county, the local government has made preparations to head off any outbreaks of cholera by purchasing drugs to fight cholera and other waterborne diseases in flood-hit areas.

Tanzania Floods

Heavy rain across parts of Manyara Region over the past three days has left at least 1 person dead and around 300 homeless. The worst affected area is Babati District, according to local media. Magugu, Mdori, Mbuyuwa-Mjerumani and parts of Minjingu have also been affected, although full assessments of the extent of the damage are yet to be completed.

At least 7 people died and 5,000 forced to evacuate after floods in Dar es Salaam in late March 2015 after 91 mm of rain fell in 24 hours.