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The short rains season in Kenya, beginning in October, has brought above-average rainfall that triggered landslides, flash floods, and riverine flooding across 29 counties. Although assessments are ongoing at least 18,000 people have been displaced and more than 160,000 affected as of 27 November.? In the hardest hit counties - including Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, and Turkana - infrastructure has been impacted, damaging roads and bridges and restricting access to schools and health facilities.?

Across 8 counties, transportation and the delivery of humanitarian access is obstructed, including on major highway links. Flooding has disrupted basic infrastructure in 32 out of 47 counties.?  Lack of clean drinking water and the destruction of WASH facilities is heightening needs and raising the risk of disease spread. Flood impact on livelihoods and food security is expected to be great, as farmland has been destroyed and livestock washed away. Food and nutritional needs are already high in Kenya following the 2019 drought, which has led to 3.1 million people facing severe acute food insecurity.?

Latest Developments


27/11/2019: Heavy rainfall since Friday has triggered mudslides across West Pokot county that has killed at least 60 people. Homes, bridges, and roads have been swept away, complicating humanitarian response efforts. Search and rescue activities are still ongoing, as many remain missing. While exact numbers are to be confirmed, government officials suggest the heavy rains over the weekend have displaced at least 10,000 people. A total of 18,000 have been displaced due to floods as of 27 November.?

Key Priorities


Shelter: Assesssments are still ongoing, but shelter needs for affected people are expected to be high, due to the destruction and damage to homes caused by the floods. Displaced families are reportedly living in makeshift camps.?

WASH: The flood have destroyed, damaged, and contaminated WASH infrastructure. Access to clean drinking water has been hampered. Sanitation facilities have been destroyed or damaged, encouraging open defecation, which may enable disesase spread.?

Health: The damage to WASH facilities and the presence of standing water increases the exposure to certain diseases. Access to crucial medical and health facilities have been challenged by the damage to key infrastructure, such as roads.?