Floods in Kenya, April 2013

Floods in KenyaFloods continue to bombard Kenya. The government in Kenya estimates that a possible 15 people have lost their lives in the flooding, and as many as 600 families have been evacuated from the homes.

The period from March to May is Kenya’s main rainy season, and often results in floods and displacement of communities. Some of the flash floods have been known to result in loss if life, for example, in April last year (2012) floods claimed the lives of 7 members of Church Group who had been trekking through Hells Gate National Park.

The rainy season this year has been no different. 10 people have been reported as dead in Narok, following flooding there. It is understood they were in a vehicle that was swept away by flood waters. Police, Red Cross and other services are working to find the bodies of victims in the Doroboni and Ewaso Nyiro Rivers. Nairobi has been badly affected also. The area of Gilgil has seen families displaced, and reports of he spread of disease following flooding have been rife. Police have recovered the body of a man swept away by floods in Nyamira County as rains continue to cause destruction.

Since these floods are the result of regular, annual heavy rainfalls, there has been some preparedness shown by the Kenyan Government. For example, there are food stores in strategic reserves ready to be taken to areas hit by the floods. Money has also been set aside for the repair of roads and transport hit by the floods.

Special Programmes Permanent Secretary, Mr. Andrew Mondoh, is the man responsible for carrying out flood relief. He said the government has been planning for when the flood rains hit for a few months, ever since the meteorological department had warned them of the possibility of flash floods during this time.

Andrew Mondoh said:

“Plans are under way as we had distributed the food and other items to provincial offices in the areas that the meteorological department said were likely to be worst hit”

Aid and food will be distributed in the areas of Kisumu, Garrisa, Mombasa, Nairobi and Nakuru. The Special Programmes Ministry is to keep control throughout the process and heads of provincial governments will require permission from the Special Programmes Ministry before they distribute aid themselves, in order to keep cases of misappropriation to an absolute minimum.