Floods cause havoc in the country
Heavy rainfall was experienced across the country in March-April 2018, causing flash floods with few emergency incidences being reported. The Kenya Red Cross Society was on ground to respond to all reported emergencies and have been supporting those affected.
In Mukuru Kwa Reuben slum, Nairobi County, several houses were maroon following flash floods experienced in the area. The KRCS conduced assessments and assisted the local community in the clearance of blocked drainages.
In Ogango, Kisumu County, One family was affected when their house burnt down due to an electricity fault that was triggered by heavy downpour. The KRCS through the branch offered psychosocial support while the KRCS branch donated non-food items in Manyatta, Sigalagala estate one person was swept away in River Auji while crossing and 8 Households affected by flash floods. The county government also supported the affected by giving them food.
Migori County was also equally affected by flash floods where approximately 100 Households were affected and the KRCS branch supported by distributing NFIs while the county government donated food.
In Mwaasua, Makueni County, 125 households were rendered homeless when their housing roofs were damaged due to strong winds. The KRCS Machakos Branch distributed NFIs and were supported by the County Government which donated foodstuffs.
Other areas that have reported flash floods include Ewaso Nyiro in Isiolo County, Arson Coat Estate in Nyeri County, Embirikani in Kajiado County, Narok, Kamujwa Village in Tharaka Nithi County, Magarini in Kilifi County, Salama in Makueni County, Saku in Marsabit County, several areas in Taita Taveta County, Kiambere in Embu County, Kivingoni in Machakos County, Karima in Nakuru County, Mwingi in Kitui County and several areas in Nairobi Cointy.
The Kenya Red Cross Action Teams (RCATs) across the country are on standby to respond and support those affected by the floods.