Floods in Kenya

Since March 1st 2010, the long rains have been pounding most parts of Kenya resulting in flood situations in parts of the Kenya.
The floods have claimed 56 lives country wide; over 9,135 house holds have since been displaced and over 90,000 persons affected.
As a result of the incident rains and run-off water from the Ethiopian highlands at the Kenya Ethiopia border have resulted in widespread floods in the vast district. The Ethiopian side has also issued a flood warning for the Kenyans living in the shadow of Wirwita dam in Ethiopia since the dam is about to reach overspill level. As a result, over 1000 families have evacuated from the projected course of the waters from Wirwita dam.

Due to the vastness of Garissa district, limited GSM coverage, impassable roads, and the exorbitant costs of and limitations of chartering airplanes or choppers for aerial assessment and the prevailing humanitarian case the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of Kenya Red Cross Society would like to request for the activation of the Satellite Charter on Space and Major Disasters to avail images of the vast district. Most of Moyale is currently under floods of some sort and there is need for the visualization of the ground situating before the area can be accessed.

Further to this, Tana River and Garissa Districts are currently in high risk for possible floods since Masinga reservoir; the largest hydroelectric dam in the country is nearly reaching the full supply level (fsl). The dam poses hydrological threat to over 50,000 people in the two districts. As of 30th April 2010 at 1200HRs, the dam had 1.5m to reaching fsl of 1056.5m. With the dam having recorded water level rises as large as 0.22m in some days of the week, and cognizant of the heavy rains and predictions of floods that are currently in force, the KRCS is implementing on a contingency and a risk reduction plan. The KENGEN that runs the Hydroelectric dams has now officially issues an alert on the imminent release of its excess waters through overspill.
 

Source: Kenya Red Cross

Available Space-based Information for: Floods in Kenya (March 1 - ongoing) 

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Status Update: 21/05/2010

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Contacts:

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER:

Focal Point: Juan Carlos Villagran
Email: un-spider@unoosa.org

 

Contact Points in Kenya (Official)

Sanjay Rane
Information Management Officer
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Gigiri Complex, Block P132
Nairobi, Kenya
Email: rane@un.org
Office: +254 (0) 20 762 5192
Mobile: +254 (0) 710 602738

Stephen KimiriEmergency Operations CentreKenya Red Cross SocietyP.O Box 40712-00100 GPONairobi, KenyaTel: (254-020) 3950000Direct: (254-020) 3950112Office Mobile: (254) 738602502Personal Mobile: (254) 718745339Fax: (254-020) 603589                             Office Email: kimiri.stephen@kenyaredcross.orgPersonal Email: astrosteve01@yahoo.comSkype: stephanx5Website: http://www.kenyaredcross.org  Additional RS & GIS resources: Tesfaye Korme (Ph.D.)Director of RS, GIS and MappingRegional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Developmentwww.rcmrd.orgKasarani RoadP.O.Box 632-00618 RuarakaNairobi, Kenya Tel:Office Direct line: 254-20-8561672Mobile: 254-734-245956 

Coordinates of affected areas (AOI)

Geographical Coordinates (pdf file attached):
Area #1: Moyale
Top left
3• 36’03.38” N 
38• 57’14.43” E 

Elevation: 3792 ft

Bottom right
3• 18’11.57” N 
39• 17’55.52” E

Elevation: 2173ft

Area #2: Sololo
Top left
3• 38’50.52” N 
38• 36’03.99 E

Elevation: 2734 ft

Bottom right
3• 21’26.15 N 
38• 54’05.84 E

Area #3: Kamburu
Top left
0• 36’04.90” S
37• 51’07.40 E

Elevation: 2309ft
Bottom right
0• 41’54.86” S
37• 56’59.90” E

Elevation: 2646 ft

Area #4: Masinga
Top left
0• 51’54.16” S
37• 34’00.17” E

Elevation: 3479 ft
Bottom right
0• 54’03.34 S
37•36’00.42” E

Elevation: 3516 ft

Area #5: Garissa
Top left
0• 26’01.81” S
39• 37’15.40” E

Elevation: 461 ft
Bottom right
0• 28’31.24” S
39• 39’57.11” E

Elevation: 493 ft

Area #6: Bura, Hola
Top left
1• 27’36.25” S
40• 01’11.19” E

Elevation: 221 ft
Bottom right
1• 33’34.85” S
40• 03’35.00” E

Elevation: 174 ft

Area #7: Tana River
Top left
1• 30’05.82” S
40• 00’00.33” E

Elevation: 264 ft
Bottom right
2• 40’00.62” S
40• 15’00.81” E

Elevation: 15ft
 

International Charter Space and Major Disasters

International Charter:
Activation requested on 01/05/2010; Activated on 01/05/2010
Requested by: UNOOSA on behalf of UN OCHA, Nairobi 
Link: http://www.disasterscharter.org

Project Manager:
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development
www.rcmrd.org
Kasarani Road
P.O.Box 632-00618 Ruaraka
Nairobi, Kenya

Space-based resources:

  

Satellite Tasking No

Satellite

Sensor

Time (UTC)

Area
Center Lat/Long

Type

Status

Remarks

1

SPOT

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

digital Globe Crisis Event Service

 

03/05/2010 

 

pre-Disaster & post - disaster 

activated 

DG

3

Worldview-1 

Pan

12/2/2010

 

08/05/2010

 

09/05/2010

-0.505°/37.96°

pre-disaster

post-disaster

collected

 

scheduled

 

scheduled

WV-01

4

Worldview-2 

Pan MS1 MS 2

03/05/2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/05/2010

 

 

 
 

 

14/05/2010

3.419°/39.021°

 

3.496°/38.813°

 

3.48°/38.668°

 

3.475°/39.178°

 

-0.904°/37.58°

 

-0.66°/37.895°

 

0.475°/39.632°
-2.084°/40.038°
-2.084°/40.038°

-2.107°/40.183°

-1.52°/40.031°
-1.52°/40.031°

 

3.489°/38.809°

3.429°/39.167°      (cloud coverage 68%) 

3.434°/39.02°   3.522°/38.673° (cloud coverage 62%)
 

post- disaster

collected

 

collected

 

collected

 

collected

 

collected 

 

collected

 

collected

collected

collected

collected

collected

collected

collected

collected

collected

collected

WV-02

 

WV-02

 

WV-02

 

WV-02

 

WV-02

 

WV-02

 

WV-02

WV-02

WV-02

WV-02

WV-02

WV-02

WV-02

WV-02

WV-02

WV-02

5

Quickbird-2

Pan_MS1

03/05/2010

 

05/05/2010

 

08/05/2010

-2.081°/40.18°

post-disaster

collected

 

scheduled

 

scheduled

QB-02

6

RADARSAT

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Space based Information:

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development, Nairobi KENYA
Map: Attached below
 

GDACS Global Flood Detection System
Linkhttp://www.gdacs.org/flooddetection/searchareas.aspx?filter=Kenya

Situation Reports

Reliefweb
Link: http://www.reliefweb.int/

Other Links:

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation: "Kenyan met warns of extreme conditions"
Linkhttp://www.kbc.co.ke/story.asp?ID=63741

UN OCHA:
Link: http://ochaonline.un.org/
 UN OCHA Kenya:Linkhttp://ochaonline.un.org/Default.aspx?alias=ochaonline.un.org/Kenya Kenya Red Cross:
Link: http://www.kenyaredcross.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=295&Itemid=117

 

Disaster Information
Nom: 
Floods in Kenya
Région: 
Kenya
Date d'occurrence: 
01/05/2010
Latitude: 
3.51698
Longitude: 
39.055