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At least 9 dead, more than 40 000 people displaced by ongoing floods in Kenya

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More than 40 000 people have been displaced while at least nine lost their lives due to the ongoing flood situation in Kenya, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) reported as of Monday, May 24, 2021. 

Over 40 000 people from 6 580 families have been displaced across 16 counties since the start of the "long rain" season in Kenya. 

Among the worst-hit areas are in the counties of Tana River with 3 864 displaced, Homa Bay with 2 046, Kisumu with 7 704, Busia with 4 056, and mIgori with 5 022.

IFRC added that some of those evacuated are staying in temporary camps in Ombaka, Nyatike, Osodo, and Bunyala, while others are taking refuge in the homes of relatives, friends, and neighbors.

The recent flooding has resulted in at least nine fatalities, including three in Narok, two in Siaya, and some in Nairobi, Garissa, and Elgeyo-Marakwet.

The Kenya Red Cross has sent assessment teams to counties Busia, Tana River, Nairobi, Taita Taveta, Migori, Isiolo, and Kisumu to determine the priority needs of affected communities.

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