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Kenya: Heavy rains impact more than 100,000 people

01 Nov 2019

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Flooding and strong winds have caused destruction to farms and houses in Kenya. Credit: Kenya Red Cross

Heavy rainfall since early October in Kenya has affected more than 100,000 people, displaced 14,000 and caused at least 29 deaths.

The rains have caused flash floods, mudslides and landslides in various counties, with Wajir County in the north-east among the hardest-hit.

Floods have damaged infrastructure, including roads and bridges, and access to food, education and health care has been hampered.

The heavy rains follow a period of prolonged drought which saw the number of severely food insecure people in Kenya rise to 3.1 million.

The United Nations and the Red Cross are complementing the Government response to supply food to people displaced in Wajir County after trucks carrying emergency food supplies were unable to reach people in need due to a collapsed bridge.