Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues

Further flooding in Kenya has left over 33,000 people displaced. Local authorities say that more than 20 people have died over the past 10 days.

Several counties have been affected, with Kisumu, Samburu, Turkana and Tana River among the worst hit. Floods have cut major road networks, causing major transport issues. Homes and crops have been destroyed and power supply severely damaged.

In many areas local officials have urged communities to vacate their homes near rivers and flood-risk areas and move to higher ground. Kenya Red Cross were called on to rescue around 50 people from flooded areas in Tana River County.

Kenya Met Department said on 17 April that rainfall may decrease over the next few days but more is likely from around 22 April onwards.

This is the third wave of flooding in the country since March this year.  At least 15 people died and hundreds forced to evacuate their homes after flooding in mid March.  Before that at least 7 people died in Kenya during a period of heavy rain at the beginning of March.

Flood rescues in Tana River County, Kenya. Photo: Kenya Red Cross
Flood rescues in Tana River County, Kenya. Photo: Kenya Red Cross

Flood Summary

Last updated: April 26, 2018
Event
Kenya, April 2018
Date
April 11, 2018
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Tana River, Kenya
B - Kisumu
C - Samburu
D - Turkana

Magnitude

Rainfall level
125 mm in 24 hours
Garissa - April 16 to April 17, 2018
Rainfall level
59 mm in 24 hours
Kakamega - April 15 to April 16, 2018
Rainfall level
46 mm in 24 hours
Nairobi - April 14 to April 15, 2018
Rainfall level
Marsabit
151.8 - April 13 to April 14, 2018
Rainfall level
96.1 mm in 24 hours
Embu - April 13 to April 14, 2018
Rainfall level
75.1 mm in 24 hours
Kangema - April 13 to April 14, 2018
Rainfall level
64 mm in 24 hours
Kapsoya Eldoret - April 13 to April 14, 2018
Rainfall level
119.7 mm in 24 hours
Kitui - April 23 to April 24, 2018
Rainfall level
103.5 mm in 24 hours
Moi Air Base - April 23 to April 24, 2018

Damages

Evacuated
211,000
Kenya - April 9 to April 26, 2018
According to Kenya Red Cross figures
Fatalities
50 people
Kenya - April 9 to April 26, 2018
Estimated figure based on various local media reports

One thought on “Kenya – Thousands Displaced as Flooding Continues

  1. james ndemwa

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    The government of the day should have weather alert systems ready and be quick in addressing urgent weather disaster a such..shameful leaving NGOs doing something while the government is around doing nothing leaving Citizens at the mercy of the weather..

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