Kenya – Hundreds Displaced After Rivers Overflow in Homa Bay

Update, 31 January 2020:

On 31 January media reported one person died in flooding from the overflowing Talek river in tourist areas of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Narok County.

Meanwhile, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reported hundreds of families were displaced after flooding in Nyatike and Uriri areas of Migori County.

Original report, 30 January 2020:

Flooding in western Kenya has displaced hundreds of people in Homa Bay County and paralysed transport in Turkana.

According to local media, 117 families have been displaced by flooding from the Kuja and Oyombe rivers in Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County. Flooding came after a period of heavy rain that began around 26 January, 2020. Homes and crops have been damaged and a bridge over the Oyombe river destroyed.

About 200km east of Ndhiwa, flooding caused damage in Narok Town in Narok County on 26 January. Also in Narok County, flood waters from the overflowing Talek river have left tourist areas of the Maasai Mara National Reserve isolated.

Further north, flooding has affected parts of Turkana County after the Kawalase river broke its banks. Local media said the flooding has paralysed transport around the towns of Lodwar, Lokichoggio and Kalokol.

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