DMIS: Kenya | Floods

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Brief description of the situation

The 2013 long rains started in first week of March and is expected to continue into the month of June in most of the areas as per the current forecasts from the Kenyan Metrological Department (KMET).This flooding situation is expected to worsen in the second week of April. The areas expected to be highly affected are slopes of Rift Valley the with little vegetation cover, and in Nyanza (West Kenya) the affected areas are located in the low lying Kano plains which receive flood water from the highlands West of the Rift Valley, and Tana River areas for the Coastal area.The displaced or evacuated families are currently sheltered within the schools, churches, public shopping centres and within host populations. The needs entail shelter, water supply, improved sanitation and hygiene promotion, provision of food relief, and basic health services

KRCS teams have supported rapid assessments, search and rescue, evacuation, restoration of family links to the affected in Nyanza, Tana River and Kajiado areas. Other interventions include distribution of Non–Food Items (NFIs), household water purification chemicals, insecticide treated mosquito nets and health education. The immediate interventions were conducted based on rapid assessments conducted in collaboration with the Government, Non Governmental Organizations and media working in the affected areas.

With this DREF operation, KRCS intends to continue the search and rescue services and tracing of missing persons in affected high risk areas. Furthermore, KRCS will provide emergency shelter to displaced and evacuated families, and continue the NFI distribution activities provide safe drinking water to the affected families, improve sanitary conditions, and promote hygiene awareness. KRCS also intends to support the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MoPHS) in meeting basic health care needs through basic clinical services and preventive care to the affected families. The KRCS teams will also carry out health promotion and disease prevention campaigns focusing on diarrheal diseases, dengue fever and malaria in the displaced camps and immediately after resettlement due to the deteriorated general hygiene conditions.

Number of affected: 54.000
Number of displaced 11.500

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