Over 130 People Killed, over 280,000 Displaced in Kenya, Somalia floods

  • 271,000 people have now been displaced by floods, with the death toll rising to 118.

  • The number of people displaced is expected to increase to 280,000 by 14 May, as the Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that more heavy rain is expected.
  • Eight temporary humanitarian coordination hubs have been reactivated to support the flood response.

Situation Overview

More than 50,680 households (an estimated 271,000 people) have been displaced by floods across Kenya, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), and this figure is expected to increase to 280,000 by 14 May, based on projections of continued rainfall in flood-prone areas.

At least 32 counties have been affected by the floods. In the worst-affected county, Tana River, a Kenya Inter-Agency Rapid Assessment (KIRA), completed on 18 April, found that 117 villages had been affected: 53 in Tana Delta; 16 in Tana North; and 38 in Tana River Sub County.

Out of 12,809 directly affected households covered by the KIRA, 11,950 are staying in camps or open areas, while 859 have sought shelter with host families and communities. Since the report, displacement in Tana River increased further. However, many areas remain inaccessible making it difficult to determine the exact number of people affected.

Heavy rains continue to cause significant damage to school infrastructure in flood-affected counties, including destruction of teaching and learning materials, flooded/marooned classrooms, sunken/collapsed latrines and loss of food stocks for school meals. More than 280 schools have been affected or damaged by flooding, including in Tana River (71), Kisumu (68), Garissa (48), Wajir (42), Siaya (22), Homabay (15), Migori (13), Nyamira (5), Isiolo (3), Mandera (3) and Kisii (3) counties. In Tana River county alone, about 49 primary and secondary schools have either been submerged or completely cut off. There are growing concerns regarding school children being potentially exposed to cholera due to contamination of water sources, including due to overflowing sewers near urban schools.

SOURCE: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs