Kenya: Flooding complicates current humanitarian situation
NAIROBI [ACTED News] - This year has recorded the highest number of flood-affected persons as well as fatalities from floods in the past five years in Kenya, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). More than 100,000 people have been affected by flooding in May in many regions, with at least 65 confirmed dead, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS). Flooding has resulted in the destruction of property and infrastructure, as well as the disruption of livelihood activities, especially small-scale farming. The floods had the worst impact in Western Kenya and parts of the Rift Valley Province, Coast Province, and informal settlements in the greater Nairobi metropolitan area. Priority needs include distribution of non-food items to flood-affected populations whose houses have been destroyed, and a lack of access to basic services.