Floods In Northern Kenya Uproot Nearly 14,000 People, UN Reports
New York, Oct 21 2008 11:10AM
Almost 14,000 people in northern Kenya have been displaced by flash floods that occurred last week, and are in need of
urgent supplies such as food, shelter and clean water, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today.
Elizabeth Byrs of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters in Geneva that at least
three people were killed and 6,000 uprooted from their homes in the district of Mandera in north-east Kenya, when the
River Daua burst its banks on 14 October.
Sixteen people remain missing following the resulting floods, which submerged seven wells and 350 toilets and closed
down three schools.
A major concern right now is contaminated water sources and disease outbreak which threaten the 150,000 residents of
Mandera. Ms. Byrs stressed the need to ensure the distribution of water purification tablets and to repair the damaged
The recent flood-related displacement had exacerbated inter-clan tensions, she added.
Meanwhile, more than 7,500 people have been affected by floods in Turkana district in north-west Kenya. There are major
concerns about food security in that community and the impact of the floods on their harvest.
Urgent needs for both communities include food supplies for one month, rapid construction of latrines, water
purification tablets, tents, covers, mosquito nets and repairing the water supply system, said Ms. Byrs.