May 10, 2018

Kenya Floods Claim More Than 150 Lives

The heavy rains, floods and mudslides have displaced more than 222,456 people

Flood control problems in Kenya

On May 9, Patel Dam in Nakura County, Kenya, burst and killed at least 27 people, leaving dozens unaccounted for. This latest incident raises the death toll from flooding in Kenya since heavy rains began in March to more than 150. The dam swept through villages in southwestern Kenya, including Nyakinyua, Endao, and Arutani, and search and rescue missions are ongoing. According to the Kenya Red Cross, 39 people had been rescued and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Since the heavy rains began in March, at least 8,450 acres of farmland have been submerged and an estimated 6,000 livestock killed, as reported by Capital News. 222,456 people have been displaced due to the floods, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said.

Bloomberg News reported that 32 out of Kenya’s 47 counties have been affected by the floods and the government has distributed approximately $6 million in food and medicine to treat water-borne diseases. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue in Nairobi and the Rift Valley until May 14, with the threat of landslides eminent.

“The government will continue carrying out various mitigation activities across the floods affected parts of the country to rescue marooned citizens, distribute food, medicine and water, and restore water and sanitation system to ensure hygienic conditions,” Kibicho said in a statement.