SOS Children’s Villages Kenya responds to devastating flood crisis

Recent heavy rains and flooding have wreaked havoc across Kenya, resulting in the loss of lives, displacement of thousands, and extensive damage to infrastructure.

SOS Children’s Villages Kenya is responding swiftly to the devastating flooding crisis that has gripped the nation.

We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused by the floods and are committed to providing immediate assistance to those affected."
Mr. Walter. S. Odhiambo National Director at SOS Children's Villages Kenya

“Our focus is on ensuring the safety and well-being of all impacted individuals, especially children and families facing the greatest hardships.”

The National Disaster Operations Centre reports a staggering toll of over 103 casualties, 29 injured, and 21 missing as of April 28. Tragically, the situation worsened on April 29 when a dam broke in Mai Mahiu, Nakuru County, causing additional deaths and displacements.

Over 190,000 people have been impacted in all 47 counties, with more than 150,000 forced to evacuate their homes.

In response to the crisis, SOS Children’s Villages Kenya conducted rapid assessments across its five programme locations on April 29.

The evaluation revealed that while many programme participants are safe, more than 1,000 people belonging to 212 families have been affected. The impacts include school closures, flooded communities, damaged farms, and family displacement, exacerbating the already dire situation.

How SOS Children’s Villages is helping in Kenya

Acknowledging the urgent need for assistance, SOS Children’s Villages Kenya is working in close collaboration with partners and county disaster management committees to develop a comprehensive response plan.

This plan aims to provide emergency relief, ensure coordinated assistance efforts, prioritise support for vulnerable groups, and strategise long-term recovery and rehabilitation efforts.

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