Floods Response and Recovery of Families

Written By: Super User Category: News

Since the onset of the 2018 long rains (March-April-May), the country continued to be bombarded with heavy rainfall and a trail of destructions, leaving more than 35 counties in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The anguish and loss to families was severe, as the floods had so far claimed at least 197 lives.

Thousands of families had further been displaced affecting more than 310,324 people with Tana River, Garissa, Isiolo, Kilifi, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Kisumu, Busia, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Kajiado, Turkana and Baringo counties recording high numbers of displacements.

Disease outbreaks namely cholera, Rift Valley fever, Malaria and dengue fever have further been reported in a number of counties across the country.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) had been actively responding since the onset of the flash floods by supporting affected families to cope with and recover from the effects of flooding. Interventions have been integrated to meet various needs like shelter, healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene, among others.

Through the distribution of Non Food items kits, KRCS had reached at least 310,024 people in Tana River, Taita Taveta, Turkana, Samburu, Garissa, Marsabit, Isiolo, Mandera, Narok, Kisumu, Nakuru, Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, Kilifi, Kajiado, Homa bay, Kirinyaga, Nyeri & Baringo Counties. The kits contain two tarpaulins, a Kitchen set, two blankets, two sleeping mats, two mosquito nets, and two jerry cans for each of the affected households.

Water and sanitation interventions had also been ongoing mainly through the distribution of water treatment chemicals (PUR and Aqua tabs), and rehabilitation of key water points. At least 141,501 people had so far been reached. Emergency water treatment plants also deployed in several counties Garissa (7,175 people) Tana River (12,260 people), Makueni (56,000 people) and Kilifi (60,000 people) and Busia. Additional 291,000 sachets of PUR and 220,000 sachets of aqua tabs further distributed in Garissa, Tana River, Nyeri, Busia, Isiolo and Kilifi counties.

Integrated health outreaches and psychosocial support was conducted to support the provision of primary health care services to affected households. The outreaches were in Garissa, Tana River, Kilifi and Busia counties. KRCS is additionally running three mobile clinics in Tana River (2) and Kilifi (1) counties. Medical surge teams had also been deployed to Tana River, Kilifi and Garissa counties.