IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in coordination with the office of the Kilifi County Commissioner, the Kilifi County Government and Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) continued to provide Non-Food Items (NFI) support to the flood-affected populations in the county. The latest NFI distribution from 10-13 September 2018, served 600 affected households from the Magarini Sub-county. Prior to the NFI distributions, a rapid assessment in Bate, Kaya, Kizurini, Masindeni, Singwaya, Hawewanje, Bombi, Divayo and Bakaye was conducted to examine their immediate needs as well as verify names of beneficiaries received by KRCS through the County government’s Disaster Management Unit.
For accountability and transparency, the rapid assessment and distribution activities involved local leaders, camp committee members and camp managers from KRCS and IOM field staff. KRCS management through the County Coordinator, Hakima Masoud, thanked IOM and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (UN CERF) for the continued assistance and highly appreciated the level of coordination and involvement of all key partners in the response efforts. Judith Mae, a camp committee member from Kizurini who spoke on behalf of all victims said, “this support has come at the most opportune time since the resettlement process has started, and with the challenge of building materials, these NFIs will be very essential after most of the victims lost their household items during the floods.”
The Garashi area chief, Mr. Ndhundhi, added that “the NFIs would be a great help for the flood-affected, since they were forced to leave the land where they had camped to give way to the owner, and to at least live in better conditions.” Most of the displaced persons lost all their property and homes were completely destroyed. Since the onset of the floods in April 2018, they have been living in camps while some were hosted by neighbours in the community, and depending on humanitarian support from partners in the county. Due to the horrible experience, most displaced people were hesitant to return to their original homes and opted to resettle elsewhere that is expected to be above the water levels should there be another flood. However, the challenges they are facing are their ability to access or own alternative lands and the cost of rebuilding materials.
Mike Pillinger, IOM Kenya Chief of Mission, commented that “the latest NFI distributions are IOM’s contribution to the ongoing disaster response of the Government of Kenya. IOM will support the affected communities and government towards durable solutions.”