Kenya: 2,000 homes destroyed by flash floods
|Publisher||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC)|
|Publication Date||3 May 2012|
|Cite as||Norwegian Refugee Council/Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (NRC/IDMC), Kenya: 2,000 homes destroyed by flash floods, 3 May 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fa252932.html [accessed 23 October 2014]|
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Since early April, torrential rain and floods across various parts of Kenya have displaced more than 2,000 households and killed at least 36 people, according to a recent assessment conducted by the government with the Kenya Red Cross Society and partners. To date, the floods continue to submerge homes, and destroy livestock and crops as thousands are forced to flee.
As of April 27th, the latest area affected is Kisumu County and its outskirts, where heavy rains over three days have led to the River Awach bursting its banks. In Taita Taveta County, IDPs who lost their homes and livelihoods are now in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
While there is an urgent need for food, non-food items, shelter, water and sanitation, soon recovery and reconstruction of homes and livelihoods will be equally important for displaced families to restart their lives. The impact of annual rains in Kenya has also highlighted a need for greater attention to preparedness and prevention.