Floods in Southern Kenya

Urgent suppplies are needed for the 1,000 people affected by floods in Taveta District, Taita-Taveta County, southern Kenya. Local government officials said that the displaced families need food, medical supplies and shelter. The Kenya Red Cross is helping with relief operations.

The flash floods struck in the area after two days of heavy rainfall. Roads and transport have been affected and 100s of acres of crops destroyed, including mature maize and rice. Medical buildings and supplies have also been destroyed in the floods, and local authorities are concerned about the possibilities of an outbreak of disease, particularly from contaminated water.

Taita-Taveta County is around 200 km north west of Mombasa and 360 km south east of Nairobi. Taveta town is located along the border between Kenya and Tanzania, and sits at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro and near to Lake Jipe. Local media say that the areas affected by the flooding include Taveta and some surrounding villages, including Kiwalwa, Kimorigo Abori, Lango, Ngutuni, Marodo, Kitoghoto and Riata.

Floods struck in Kenya in April 2013, when 32 people died and 18,000 were displaced. There was also some flooding in July, when heavy rain increased water levels of Lake Baringo in western Kenya, forcing around 2,000 people in Marigat district to flee their homes.

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Sources: Standard Media