Flash floods kill at least 13 people in Kenya, displace nearly 15,000 others: UN

Heavy rains and ensuing flash flooding have left at least 13 people killed and nearly 15,000 others displaced across Kenya, the United Nations humanitarian agency said Friday.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the last week of March marked the beginning of the long rains (March to May) season, which has been characterized by heavy rains and floods that have caused rising water levels in rivers, infrastructural damage, livestock and property losses, and limited road access in various regions of Kenya.

Passengers trapped in a bus by floods are rescued by boats, Garissa, Kenya, April 9, 2024 /CFP

Passengers trapped in a bus by floods are rescued by boats, Garissa, Kenya, April 9, 2024 /CFP

The OCHA, which cited reports from the Kenyan authorities and the Kenya Red Cross Society, said areas of particular concern include counties in the northern, central, western and eastern parts of the country.

Following intense rains and flooding that submerged homes in the informal settlements on March 25, at least 11 people died and 9,000 were displaced in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, according to the UN agency.

On April 8, two people, including a minor, drowned at a rock catchment dam in Muranga County, central Kenya, and another person was still missing when a river flooded in Kitui County, eastern Kenya.

“Humanitarian partners are moving emergency shelter and non-food items to regions at risk of flooding while working with authorities to assess the needs alongside scaling up response to affected communities,” OCHA said in its Flash Update issued in Nairobi.

The meteorological department has issued advisories on the continuation of heavy rainfall in most parts of Kenya until April 15.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency