EGU General Assembly 2023
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Drought and flood risk in Kitui, Kenya: are they increasing and why?

Marlies H. Barendrecht, Ruben V. Weesie, Tim S. Busker, Alessia Matanó, Maurizio Mazzoleni, and Anne F. van Loon
Marlies H. Barendrecht et al.
  • Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands (

During the past years, the county of Kitui in Kenya, has experienced severe droughts. Both the short rain season, in March, April and May and the long rain season, in October, November and December have failed for several years in a row. This has had devastating impacts, leading to widespread water and food insecurity. According to local people, the rain seasons have changed over the past years, thereby increasing drought risk. At the same time, flash floods, destroying farmland and water infrastructure are reported to have increased as well. We investigate whether drought and flood risk in Kitui, Kenya, have increased over the past years and what the role of climate, hydrology and humans is in this increase. In addition, we investigate whether droughts are influencing flood risk and vice versa.

How to cite: Barendrecht, M. H., Weesie, R. V., Busker, T. S., Matanó, A., Mazzoleni, M., and van Loon, A. F.: Drought and flood risk in Kitui, Kenya: are they increasing and why?, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-8612,, 2023.