Kenya Floods – 16 Dead, 75 Missing in Building Collapse as Search for Survivors Continues

Further heavy rainfall has been observed in various parts of the country over the last 48 hours. The country has already experienced severe flooding in several areas, including the counties of Turkana, Wajir, Marsabit, and in particular Nairobi, where heavy rain led to the collapse of a residential building in Huruma.

Nairobi Floods – At Least 20 Dead

According to figures from the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), 792 households have been affected by flooding in Nairobi.

A total of 16 deaths have been confirmed by KRCS in the collapse of the Huruma building. As many as 135 people have been injured and 75 people reported missing. Search and rescue operations are on-going to rescue survivors that may still be trapped under the rubble since the building collapsed late on Friday, 29 April.

Teams from KRCS, Kenya’s National Youth Service, military, fire department, St John’s Ambulance and National Disaster agencies, among others, are all working on the scene. Search and rescue operations are expected to continue throughout the day.

KRCS says it will begin the distribution of non-food relief items such as dignity kits, blankets, mosquito nets and soap to the displaced families in Huruma and other flood-hit areas of the city. Mathare, Mukuru, Kilimani, South C and South B have all been affected.

The death toll from the Huruma building brings the total number of flood related deaths over the last few days in Nairobi to 20. In the Kilimani area, 3km from the city centre, a perimeter wall in the neighbourhood of Russian Embassy and Department of Defence (DoD) offices collapsed on 29 April, killing at least four people and leaving 3 others injured.

Photos of the Huruma Building Collapse

8 Counties Hit by Floods – Over 2,000 Families Displaced

Thousands have people have been affected by the heavy rain and ensuing floods across other parts of the country over the last few days.

Around 1,800 families have been displaced after flooding in Vanga, Kwale County. In Kalokol in Turkana County, around 312 families were displaced. In Marsabit County, over 300 families have been affected after flooding in two locations. Around 230 families were forced to evacuate after floods hit Moyale, while in Laisamis about 81 families were affected after flooding there.

According to KRCS, minor flooding affecting a total of 210 households has also been reported in the counties of Garissa, Bungoma, Baringo, Embu and Murang’a.

More Rain Forecast

The latest forecast from Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD ) indicates that heavy rains are expected to continue over Western, Nyanza, the Rift Valley, and the Central Highlands including the parts of Nairobi and Northern Kenya.