100,000 people impacted by heavy rains in Kenya

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

At least 29 people have died, 14,000 displaced and more than 100,000 people affected since heavy rainfall started early October in Kenya, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The floods have damaged infrastructure, including roads and bridges, and hampered access to food, education and health care.

Wajir County, in the north-east is one of the hardest-hit where the rains have caused flash floods, mudslides and landslides.

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.

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