Kenya – Deadly Floods in Central and Northern Areas

Periods of heavy rain have affected parts of Kenya since late October, causing flooding in central and northern parts of the country.

The flooding has damaged or destroyed homes and displaced dozens of families. Local media report that at least 4 people have died. According to Kenya Red Cross (KRC), around 200 families have been affected.

Marsabit County

KRC says that over 70 families have been displaced by flooding in Qolom, (Olom), near Kalacha, Marsabit County after heavy rain that began around 05 November, 2017.

The flooding forced the families to move to higher ground and cannot return to their village until water levels recede. Marsabit County Government have distributed relief supplies including food and mattresses. According to KRC, relief items were distributed via a helicopter as the area was inaccessible.

Local media are reporting that 4 people have died in the floods, including two young girls.

Elsewhere in the county, areas of Marsabit town were flooded after heavy rain from 01 November, leaving dozens of homes and businesses damaged.

Flooding in Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Turkana

KRC also reports that 60 houses were flooded following heavy rains in Limbine and Muthara in Tigania East and West sub county in Meru. A bridge was also swept away pit latrines have been damaged.

Flooding has also affected 45 households in Mukothima in Tharaka Nithi county. KRC are currently conducting damage assessments.

Meanwhile transport to and from Turkana has been paralysed after the Kainuk Bridge on the border between Turkana and West Pokot Counties collapsed due to heavy rain. The bridge suffered some damaged by floodwaters on 20 October 2017. Further heavy rain damaged the bridge beyond use for vehicles and pedestrians.

Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) have been working on repairs and have since opened the bridge to light traffic.

Kainuk Bridge after flood damage. Photo: KeNHA
Kainuk Bridge flood damage repairs. Photo: KeNHA

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Flood Summary

Last updated: November 9, 2017
Kenya, November 2017
November 1, 2017
Inland flood, River flood
Long-term rainfall


A - Kalacha
B - Marsabit
C - Muthara
D - Limbine
E - Mukothima
F - Kainuk


4 people
Marsabit County - November 1 to November 9, 2017
November 1 to November 9, 2017
estimated figure. Kenya Red Cross reports flooding has affected / displaced around 200 families
Bridges destroyed
1 bridge
Kainuk, Turkana - November 1 to November 9, 2017