The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) reported that at least 311,000 people were displaced while UN-OCHA situation updates indicate that 132 people died due to floods as a result of the heavy rains between April and May 2018 in Kenya.IOM, as the UN’s Migration Agency, together with its UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), implementing partners World Vision, UNICEF, Samaritan Purse, and Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) continue distributing Non-Food Items (NFI) kits to15, 400 households in Tana River, Kilifi, Mandera, Baringo, and Isiolo counties targeting over 69,000 individuals within the project implementation period.
From13-18 August, IOM in collaboration with the Isiolo County Government distributed shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs) to 349 households in Isiolo County; 200 kits were distributed in Isiolo town, 75 in Garbatulla, and 74 in Merti sub-counties. 219 of these households were female headed while 130 were headed by males each with an average of five family members.Each beneficiary received one NFI kit each containing tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen sets, mosquito nets, soap, water jerry cans and buckets, among other basic and essential items.
The Isiolo town NFI distribution exercise was officially launched by the Mr. John Ondego, the County Commissioner of Isiolo County. Mr. Ondego’s opening remarks, he acknowledged that the office of the County Commissioner has collaborated and coordinated closely with IOM and partners, including preparations for the distribution of the NFI kits to the affected population. “We appreciate the support and effort IOM and its partners have provided timely assistance to the flood affected population in Isiolo County. We thank the United Nations”, he added.
The heavy downpour destroyed numerous households, displaced many people and marooned farmlands in Isiolo. To date, a number of people remain displaced while others have returned to their homes in order to rebuild their lives.Mr Hassan Diba, a recipient of assistance in Merti said “Things have been tough for us as the floods destroyed our homes and left us with nothing, we barely have food or shelter. But we are very thankful for the assistance given to us in these difficult times and at the same time we applaud the steps taken by the government to support us”.
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 which commenced on 5 July, 2018. IOM’s Humanitarian Appeal is ongoing for this underfunded emergency. Those interested to help can contact IOM Kenya Country Office.