NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Death toll from heavy rain and flooding across
Kenya has risen to 186 and an estimated 800,000 people have been
affected, the UN humanitarian agency said on Thursday.
Citing figures from
the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), the UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the number
includes about 300,000 who have been displaced and nearly 100
injured, although many of those displaced have begun to return
“Children have been
severely affected. There are reports of unaccompanied and
separated children due to the floods and heightened protection
risks for women and girls,” OCHA said in its Flash Update.
The heavy downpours
that started in April have paralyzed transport in several parts
of the country. The weatherman indicates that the current
weather pattern may still persist for some time.
official statistics, over 739 schools have closed temporarily
due to floods, disrupting learning for more than 100,000
The most affected
counties by flooding include Garissa, Isiolo, Kisumu, Mandera,
Marsabit, Narok, Samburu, Taita-Taveta, Tana River, Turkana,
Wajir and West-Pokot, according to the National Disaster
remain concerned regarding the increased risk of health
emergencies, including cholera outbreaks in affected areas, due
to poor sanitation and lack of access to clean water,” said OCHA.