Kenya – Over 1,000 Displaced by Floods in North

Heavy rain in border areas between Kenya and Ethiopia has caused flooding in parts of northern Kenya.

Flooded roads have hindered access to communities affected by flooding in Marsabit County, Kenya, October 2019. Photo: Government of Marsabit County

Local media report that around 1,000 people from 200 households have been displaced after homes were damaged or destroyed in areas around Moyale in the far north of Marsabit County, Kenya. Livestock and property have also been swept away.

Marsabit Governor Mohamud M. Ali said he affected areas included “Bori Junction, Kinisa, Yaballo, Watiti and Godoma.” His visit to asses the situation was hindered by flooded roads. “The county team with emergency food supplies is also stuck. We will be with our people as soon as we can,” the governor added.

About 100km east of Moyale, also close to the border with Ethiopia, the seasonal Lagwarera river burst its banks on 08 October, 2019, flooding areas of Takaba in Mandera County. Local authorities said people living close to the river have been displaced and houses submerged. Full assessments are yet to be carried out.

Kenya Meteorological Department said further heavy rainfall in the area is likely, with “70mm expected in some parts Mandera, Wajir and Marsabit Counties.”

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