More flooding and landslides have affected parts of western and central Kenya over the last 2 days, causing at least 8 fatalities.
Heavy rain has been falling in the region for several days, triggering flooding and landslides in border areas of West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties on 18 April. As of 19 April, 4 people had been confirmed dead, 24 people were reported missing and 4,400 displaced.
Since then flooding and landslides have been reported in Kericho, Samburu and Kisumu Counties.
In Kericho County 3 people died in mudslides near Kipkelion, according to local media reports. Another 3 fatalities were reported in the nearby village of Migori after rain and floods caused a house to collapse. Several houses have been destroyed in the county and families left homeless.
Meanwhile heavy rains have caused flash floods and left a trail of destruction in many parts of Samburu County. Media, quoting local officials, said houses were destroyed leaving hundreds of families homeless in the north of the county. At least two people died after they were swept away by floodwaters in Illaut, Samburu North, on 21 April.
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) reports that families have been displaced as heavy rains caused havoc in Nyando, Kisumu Central and Nyakach in Kisumu County on 20 April. Many displaced families were camping on the roadside with their belongings. KRCS said it is conducting needs assessment, however progress is being hampered by flooded roads.
Kenya Meteorological Department has warned of further heavy rainfall until at least 25 April.
Villages flooded, water levels reaching the waistline following heavy downpour in Nyando, Kisumu. Families are camping on the roadside with their belongings.
Multi-agency team led by the Regional Commissioner including Kenya Red Cross en route to evacuate those marooned. pic.twitter.com/TkSNDapyx8
— Kenya Red Cross (@KenyaRedCross) April 21, 2020
The Council of Governors stands with @ElgeyoMarakwetC @WPCGovernment @kerichocountygv that are currently experiencing landslides. COG applauds the efforts of the County Govts, the local administrations & @KenyaRedCross who have been on the ground to support the victims. pic.twitter.com/8JZV6jBw5y
— Council of Governors (@KenyaGovernors) April 21, 2020
Families displaced as heavy rains cause havoc in Nyando, Kisumu Central and Nyakach in Kisumu County.
The Kenya Red Cross is conducting needs assessment, however progress is being hampered by flooded roads. pic.twitter.com/mEwBTscI18
— Kenya Red Cross (@KenyaRedCross) April 20, 2020
Due to ongoing rains that pounded heavily Friday night, our County's border with neighbouring West Pokot County has been hit by landslides of unknown proportion. It is feared people, livestock and houses, government institutions have been swept. pic.twitter.com/gEEwJlCw5Q
— Elgeyo Marakwet (@ElgeyoMarakwetC) April 18, 2020
— Kenya Met Department (@MeteoKenya) April 20, 2020