With the long rains season in Kenya that started in March and continued till end of May ranging from medium to high intensity many regions with West Kenya, Coast, North Rift, South Rift and Central Region were majorly affected. Following landslides and floods within many counties, the KRCS innovation and research team worked together on acquiring satellite images from Airbus satellites and freely available images from Sentinel 1 and 2. Using satellite images acquired from Airbus Space and Defence centre, for Mandera and Garissa towns, the disaster operations team were able to assess floods impact on ground, and request for additional support to strengthen response to affected communities.
Following this, under partnership with the Airbus Foundation, the Airbus Helicopter services were mobilised on the 11th of May for a thorough aerial assessment of Garissa and Tana River counties to understand and observe damage of the floods that further supported next steps for response on ground. Similarly, satellite images acquired from Kajiado County, showed flood extent, after which a drone operation was conducted to further map out affected areas however, due to damaged infrastructure, the team was unable to reach some community areas. Airbus Helicopter services were utilised to deliver non-food items and shelter items to 200 households in Pakase Village, Kajiado County where the communities were stranded for almost 2 weeks due to no access routes for ground teams.
Satellite images and helicopter services provide more real time information to be better prepared and strengthen response after assessing damage and available access routes to disseminate further support to affected communities. Similar satellite services were also provided for Budalangi, Masinga Dam, Mandera, Kisumu, and parts of the Coastal region.