Kenya – Deadly Floods Strike Again

Floods have once again wreaked havoc in several parts of Kenya. At least 15 people are thought to have died and hundreds forced to evacuate their homes over the last few days.

The flooding comes just 2 weeks after 7 people died in Kenya during a period of heavy rain at the beginning of March.

After a short respite, the rains returned on 14 March, 2018. Nairobi recorded 59 mm of rain in 24 hours to 15 March. Wajir in the north east of the country recorded 49 mm of rain the next day. Nakuru, Kisumu and Voi in Taita-Taveta County all recorded at least 40 mm of rain between 16 and 17 March.

Kenya Met Department said that the rainfall is expected to continue over most parts of the country until at least 21 March.

Abbas Gullet, secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross (KRCS) said that “KRCS staff and volunteers have been on high alert in all the 47 Counties. They are already responding in Nyanza, Western, Rift Valley, Upper Eastern, Lower Eastern, North Eastern and the Coast region.”

As of 16 March local media reported flood-related deaths in Mwingi, Isiolo, Kajiado, Narok and Makueni. Hundreds have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Kenya Red Cross reported via Social Media that a “lorry with five people on board (was) swept away after River Enzui in Kasiluni village, Kitui, bursts its bank. Search and rescue efforts ongoing.”

Nairobi was once again hard hit by the flooding. Kenya Red Cross reported that 2 schools in Nairobi’s Mukuru informal settlements were cut off after the Ngong River bursts its banks. Around 9 schools in total have been closed in Nairobi because of flooding.

Some bridges have been swept away and roads have been closed, including the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway after floods washed away a bridge over the Athi River.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: March 19, 2018
Event
Kenya, March 2018
Date
March 2, 2018
Type
Urban flood, Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Heavy rain from 02 to 07 March resulted in severe flooding and related deaths, mostly in the south of the country. A period of heavy rain from 14 March also resulted in several flood-related deaths in Mwingi (3), Isiolo (4), Kajiado (2) Narok (1), Makueni (1)

Locations

A - Nairobi
B - Taita Taveta
C - Kisumu
D - Nyeri
E - Marsabit
F - Bomet County
G - Mwingi
H - Isiolo
I - Kajiado
J - Narok
K - Makueni

Magnitude

Rainfall level
65 mm in 24 hours
Butere - February 28 to March 1, 2018
Rainfall level
49.1 mm in 24 hours
Kakamega - February 28 to March 1, 2018
Rainfall level
67.2 mm in 24 hours
Embu - March 3 to March 4, 2018
Rainfall level
58.6 mm in 24 hours
Dagoretti - March 3 to March 4, 2018
Rainfall level
54.7 mm in 24 hours
Laikipia - March 3 to March 4, 2018
Rainfall level
50.4 mm in 24 hours
Kabete - March 3 to March 4, 2018
Rainfall level
50.3 mm in 24 hours
Moi Air Base, Eastleigh, Nairobi - March 6 to March 7, 2018
Rainfall level
50 mm in 24 hours
Nairobi / Dagoretti - March 14 to March 15, 2018
Rainfall level
59 mm in 24 hours
Nairobi / Wilson - March 14 to March 15, 2018
Rainfall level
49 mm in 24 hours
Wajir - March 15 to March 16, 2018
Rainfall level
41 mm in 24 hours
Nakuru - March 16 to March 17, 2018
Rainfall level
41 mm in 24 hours
Kisumu - March 16 to March 17, 2018
Rainfall level
50 mm in 24 hours
Voi, Taita-Taveta County - March 16 to March 17, 2018
Rainfall level
51 mm in 24 hours
Kisii - March 18 to March 19, 2018
Rainfall level
51 mm in 24 hours
Garissa - March 18 to March 19, 2018

Damages

Fatalities
13 people
Kenya - March 2 to March 6, 2018
3 died as a result of flooding inTaita Taveta county. A man drowned in flood water in Kisumu County. 3 died after a lightning strike in Tharaka-Nithi County. As of 06 March, media reported further fatalities in Marsabit (1) and Bomet County (2) Three deaths were reported on 07 March in Mbeere South, Embu County
Fatalities
11 people
Kenya - March 15, 2018
Media reported flood-related deaths in Mwingi (3), Isiolo (4), Kajiado (2) Narok (1), Makueni (1)