Following the recent floods (April – May 2018) and according to National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) reports from local partners more than 311,000 people were displaced by floods across Kenya, with 132 deaths reported according to UNOCHA situation report. IOM Kenya, the Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs) sector co-lead, has been responding to affected families through provision of temporary shelters and NFIs, with funding support from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (UN - CERF).
In Tana River County, all three sub counties have been affected, the worst hit being Tana Delta. As a result of the heavy downpour, houses were destroyed, people displaced and farmlands marooned. Although the situation is improving with receding floods, some houses and farmlands are still under water and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have not yet returned home.
To date, IOM and partners, in coordination with the county level representatives of the Kenya Government has assisted 1,549 households with NFI kits in the affected villages from Mikinduni and Chewani within Tana River County, and from Bawama, Sero, Kamude, Darime, Dabolo, Gale, Masiabo, Mayagala, Mataarba, Jara and Kakate within Tana North Sub-County. The age range of beneficiaries receiving the NFI kits was 18-69 years old, with 77% female and 23% men.
Before the onsite distribution, some beneficiaries shared their views. The beneficiaries said that the flood-related challenges extended beyond displacement, and included challenges regarding loss of roads, food and crops. They also mentioned that there is lack of proper shelter and increased water-borne disease challenges.
Ms. Husna Mohamed, a female beneficiary said, “I am thankful for the support. We lost our shelters, belongings, livestock, and the farm. All items received were very useful, especially the tarpaulins, blankets and cooking utensils as I lost all those items”.
The former Assistant Chief for Bawama, Mr. Omar Odha, who witnessed the distribution at the Bawama Centre, expressed his gratitude to the international organizations and local partners for the much-needed support with hopes that further assistance will be extended for the other flood-related problems.
From the assessment and data collected by Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) volunteers after the April - May disaster, a growing number of affected populations have integrated back into their community since most of them were either farmers or livestock herders who had migrated to different locations in search of pasture for their animals.
IOM and its UN-CERF project partners, World Vision, UNICEF, Samaritan Purse and KRCS continue distributing NFI kits to 13,800 households in Tana River, Kilifi, Mandera, Baringo and Isiolo Counties, targeting 69,000 individuals within the project implementation period. IOM’s Humanitarian Appeal is ongoing for this underfunded emergency. Those interested to help can contact IOM Kenya Country Office for more details