Shelter and NFI partners estimate that over 300,000 individuals (roughly 60,000 households) are in immediate need of shelter and settlement support in form of rental subsidies, provision of temporary shelter and non-food items (NFI) and shelter repair support, the needs are spread across the 33-counties affected by floods, landslides and evictions this year, and COVID-19 high-risk counties. People requiring assistance include over 45,000 households across different counties affected by the floods, and over 10,000 households in an informal settlement requiring rental subsidies for at least three months.
In the long term, there is need for resettlement in alternative safer ground and shelter reconstruction for displaced population through build back better.
Looming emergencies, Turkwel dam is continuing to fill up, while both Lake Bogoria and Baringo are swelling at an alarming rate, this fast-raising water level and Lake backflow could potentially displace thousands of households. The sector is closely monitoring the situation; however, sector preparedness capacity is not at its optimum and requires at least 30,000 NFI to be fully prepared.
There is urgent need to put floods mitigation measures in places in the floods-prone counties where communities are at higher risk of exposure to protected community asset and infrastructures from severe damages by future floods.
Emergency shelter and non-food items have been distributed to 116,000 people (23,195 households) in 17 counties affected by floods. In addition, registration of additional 30,000 people (6,000 households) were completed and distribution of 6,000 Emergency Shelter and NFI has commenced under CERF funding in six counties and is expected to be complete by mid-September.
Camp Management and Camp Coordination on -going in Turkana to boosted emergency preparedness in response to raising Turkwel dam level.
Consultations and collaboration with the Council of Governors on ending the cycle of ﬂoods emergencies in Kenya towards the allocation of resources for relocation and resettlement of the communities in ﬂood-prone areas to higher and safe grounds.
Government restrictions related to COVID-19 which have delayed procurement timelines. and infrastructural damages will impair the access and efficiency of the service delivery.
The critical funding gaps the Sector is facing is also impairing the capacity to conduct in-depth assessment to ascertain the level of damages to shelter and provide prerequisite technical guidance on resettlement and shelter repair.