Massive flooding occurring in Kenya has affected up to 70,000 people after torrential rains lashed many parts of the country, leaving behind a trail of destruction.
More than 4,000 families have suffered similar crises in Turkana, one of the hardest hit areas. Over the past two weeks, heavy rains and floods have been reported in more than 15 districts in Kenya, mostly in the North Rift, South Rift, Western Kenya, Lower Eastern and Nairobi. the Kenya Red Cross Society search and rescue teams have confirmed 24 lives lost and more than 6,000 livestock killed.
Most areas now are inaccessible by road, leaving air intervention as the only means to reach hundreds of those marooned in the hard to reach areas The Red Cross has already helped more than 8,500 people with food and other relief items, and a medical team was also dispatched. However, some 30,000 people are still in dire need of urgent emergency assistance.
The enormity of the problem means more aid will be required to address the needs of more than 4,000 households in the larger Turkana district,” explains Turkana East branch coordinator Edung Ethuro, who oversees the distribution of relief to residents in Lokori and nearby areas. With further heavy rains forecast for the rest of the month, the Kenya Red Cross has increased its sensitization and awareness activities in form of drills to flood-prone communities in Western Kenya, to improve their ability to evacuate to higher ground.