Prolonged heavy rainfall, persisting for more than 36 hours, has triggered devastating flooding in Mandera, compelling more than 2,500 individuals to evacuate their homes.
The relentless downpour has submerged houses and uprooted trees, causing widespread displacement and disruption to the lives of the affected residents.
In addition to the 2,500 evacuees, approximately 100,000 families residing in Mandera East, Mandera North, and Mandera South have also been displaced due to the floodwaters.
The rising waters have rendered roads impassable, led to business closures, and engulfed residential areas, with Darika Village in Khalalio, Mandera East, facing the most severe impact.
Darika Village has borne the brunt of the flooding, resulting in the loss of homes and a significant number of livestock. The village remains entirely submerged, leaving residents with no choice but to seek refuge on higher ground.
The dire situation has also disrupted the preparations of students gearing up for the upcoming KCSE exams, as flooded roads and schools have impeded their access to education. Educational institutions have not been spared, further complicating the learning process for local students.
The flooding has also led to reported losses of livestock, although the full extent of the damage remains uncertain, adding to the complexity of the crisis.
Local leader Mohamed Yussuf has called upon humanitarian agencies, including the Kenya Red Cross, to expedite their rescue and relief efforts before the situation exacerbates.
The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that the heavy rainfall, affecting various parts of the country, is expected to intensify and spread over the North Eastern and Central regions, further heightening concerns about the ongoing rainfall and floods in Mandera County.