Kenya: At least 6 die, many homeless as widespread flash floods bring chaos and misery to hundreds – Red Cross 030413 0745z

Hundreds of Household Affected By Floods Countrywide

(Video credit: NTVKenya)

(The Ministry of Special Programs has called on Kenyans to take seriously the flood warnings and alerts issued by the weather department. This as the rains continued to pound most parts of the country with the Kenya Red Cross adding its voice to urge Kenyans to be extra vigilant and keep off floods prone areas in Nyanza and Western Kenya. Video credit: kenyacitizentv)

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Several parts of the country especially the Coast and Western Kenya regions have been affected by flooding following an increased heavy downpour countrywide.

In the Western Region, at least 330 Households (HH) with a population of 1650 people have been affected by heavy rains as revealed by a Kenya Red Cross Societys (KRCS) detailed assessment with houses destroyed and livestock lost.

Over the Easter period, River Auji and Nyamasaria in Kisumu broke their banks causing unprecedented damage. The affected HH were mainly in Nyaori, Kassagam and Manyatta B in Kisumu East, Gem Rae and Wangaya, Nyando, Nyakach and Rachuonyo Districts.

Further, several learning institutions including Kassagam Primary and Secondary School, St. Alloys Primary School and St. Joseph Secondary School in Kisumu East District were also affected, thus disrupting learning. In Nyando District, Miruka Primary was hardest hit. Several businesses as well as transport flow along the main Nairobi-Kisumu Highway were also affected after a section of the Nyamasaria Bridge was swept away. River Nyando as well as Ayweyo, Nyamasaria and Ombeyi, which are seasonal rivers, are currently flowing at high speeds and in case of any more rains, the rivers are likely to break their banks and further disrupt human and animal livelihoods.

The KRCS Western Region office has been conducting needs assessment in the affected areas and the

immediate needs are alternative shelters and beddings, water and sanitation interventions as well as alert notices to the populations that are still deemed to be at risk of displacement.

Meanwhile, the Coast Region has also been experiencing heavy rains from Wednesday 20th March 2013. Heavy rains were received in Voi on 20th March; 2013 evening in areas of Sofia, Mabomani and Sikujua villages affecting 22 HH. Most of the affected HHs were integrated into the community. St. Kelvin Primary School was one of the hardest hit institutions with two classrooms being destroyed, hence affecting the learning process. There were also reports of loss of livestock.

On Tuesday 19th March; 2013, Tsangatsini in Kilifi County experienced strong winds coupled with heavy downpour resulting to the falling of four electric poles in Ndatani Area; one house also fell in the same incident. On the same day, in Mulanjo, Madogo Area of Tana River, one village was also affected by flooding.

In Taita Taveta County, an elderly woman drowned and her body was found at Mabomani village in the outskirts of Voi town on Wednesday evening.

In Lower Eastern Region, flash floods were reported on Wednesday 20th March 2013 in Kiboko area along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway after River Kiboko burst its banks. The KRCS Kibwezi team rescued five people who had been trapped by the floods. In Rongai, three people died after a matatu they were travelling in was washed away by floods.

In another incident, a man was swept away by floods in Thika after heavy rains experienced in during the night hours of 20th March 2013 and his body recovered early the following morning.

Meanwhile in Ole Polos Ngong, floods swept away a vehicle trapping one person who sought refuge on the roof of his vehicle while another person swam to safety. The KRCS Emergency Operation Centre informed the Kenya police and the National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) who responded and rescued the trapped person.

In Central Region, 10 HH were affected by floods in Kiambu and Riara areas. The KRCS Kiambu Sub Branch carried out a rapid assessment. On 1st April 2013, a Church also collapsed in Ngurubani town in Kirinyagi, leaving two people injured.

In the Rift Valley heavy rains in Kalokol Area, Turkana, rendered at least 33 HH homeless.

Heavy rains have also hit the entire Region of Dadaab Refugee Camps since 20th March; 2013, damaging tents and flooding roads. At least 14,280 people were affected by the floods. The Dadaab KRCS worked wit other agencies to assist the affected people. The blocks that were mainly affected by the floods in the IFO2 Refugee camp include Blocks R, P, U, K, D, J, H, I and T.

And in Garbatulla District, Gafarsa Location, Belgesh Sub location, 142HH were affected by floods and some 302 livestock reported lost, with 636 people being rendered homeless and are currently camping at the Belgesh Primary School. The immediate need for the affected population is food aid. There were also reports of heavy rainfall in Moyale and Marsabit.

News Reports

Six swept away, more displaced by flash floods
Motorists wade through a flooded section of a road at Westgate, Westlands. Most parts of the city received heavy rains Tuesday afternoon. [Photo: Felix Kavi/Standard]

By Kipchumba Kemei and Mangoa Mosota

“Kenya: Six people are feared dead after their matatu was swept away by flash floods in Narok South.

Three people in a vehicle crossing a bridge at Ole Polos in Ololulunga area survived after they swam to safety.

The overloaded vehicle, according to Narok South DC Chimwaga Mongo, was swept away at the swollen Ole Polos Bridge.

The overloaded vehicle was swept away by raging waters as it was crossing the bridge. The six were trapped inside it. The survivors swam to safety, said Mongo who added it was difficult for police divers and the public to locate the ill-fated vehicle because of poor visibility occasioned by heavy rains and high water levels. Rescue operations resume today.

Engine went off

A witness, who declined to be named, said the driver tried to navigate through the bridge whose water level was high but the engine went off.

Narok police boss Peterson Maelo asked people living in flood prone areas to move as rains continue to pound.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 people in Kisumu County have been displaced by floods, a preliminary report by the Kenya Red Cross Society shows.

The findings indicate 330 households have been affected by floods in the last three days.

We are on a high alert as there is imminent high rainfall this month in several areas of west Kenya, Regional Health Officer Benson Simba said.

Mr Simba said they expect more than the usual rains in Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay, Nyamira, Kisii, Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega and Vihiga counties. He expressed fear over 7,000 people would be displaced.

In Kisumu, four schools have been marooned including Kassagam primary and secondary schools, St Alloys Primary and St Joseph Secondary.

Unprecedented damage

Several rivers like River Auji and Nyamasaria in Kisumu have broken their banks causing unprecedented damage. Several houses have been marooned and many people affected, the report said.

The official said no deaths have been reported in western, but there has been destruction of infrastructure and farmlands.

He said they are setting up camps to assist displaced families. In addition, the organisation is providing basic items such as s food, medicine and blankets.

KRC has already issued an alert to motorists plying Kisumu-Ahero road due to fears that a temporary bridge at Nyamasaria River might collapse.” –


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