Boy, 12, drowns in well as rains persist

A 12-year-old boy drowned as heavy rains continued to pound parts of the country, forcing hundreds of people to abandon their homes.

The boy drowned in a flooded well in Punda Puoche village on the outskirts of Migori Town, as he attempted to retrieve his ball that had fallen in.

A relative, Mr Onyango Japolo, said no one saw the boy descend into the well. His body was discovered several hours later, retrieved and taken to Migori County Referral Hospital mortuary.

At the same time, several bridges in Migori Town estates and parts of murram roads have been washed away, forcing residents to use longer, passable routes.

In Isiolo, 150 households were displaced when River Ewaso Nyiro burst its banks from flooding. About 50 families were displaced in Ngeremara location in Isiolo Central.

The most affected areas along the River are Godruppa, Ollagana, Kambi ya Juu, Qubba and Chief Abkula’s village.

The El Nino response committee chairman Lordman Lekalkuli said his team, together with Kenya Red Cross officials, was assessing damage caused by the rains. “We have asked those in low-lying areas to move elsewhere,’’ he said.

In Bungoma, County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim has instructed administrators to move people living on the slopes of Mt Elgon to safer ground to avoid falling victim to landslides.

The order comes after four people were killed by mudslides in the area last week, following a heavy downpour.

“We are asking residents in the area to be more careful, especially when they are crossing flooded streams and rivers. The waters are too strong during this rainy season,” he added.

He asked those who have settled near the banks of River Nzoia to move to safer grounds, as there were signs the river would burst its banks.

In Maua, people living near a swamp in the town have been urged to move due to heavy rains.

Kenya Red Cross Society Upper Eastern coordinator Gitonga Mugambi said houses near the swamp could be submerged if the rains continue. He asked the occupants to move out immediately.

In Meru, more than 300 pupils at Thinyane Primary School now have to study under trees after strong winds and a heavy downpour destroyed their classrooms.

Headteacher John Kobia said most of the school’s activities have been paralysed.

“We have 322 pupils from pre-school to Standard Two who have been affected,” said Mr Kobia.

Tigania West MP David Karithi and Deputy County Commissioner Stephen Kavulu promised to help in renovating the classrooms.

In Narok, a heavy storm ripped off roofs from seven classrooms at Rongena Primary School in Narok West Sub-County.

There were also fresh mudslides in Sagamian location in Narok South Sub-county.

In Kirinyaga, 300 acres of rice at the Mwea Irrigation Scheme were destroyed as floods swept away the crops at Marura, Murubara and Thiba villages, where the cash crop is grown on a large scale.

Meanwhile, 100 families at Kariua village who were displaced by floods are still spending nights in the cold.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION