Flooding displaces over 1,000 Nakuru’s Kwa Rhonda estate residents

More than 1,000 residents of Nakuru’s Kwa Rhonda estate have been displaced as a result of the ongoing heavy rains.

The residents are demanding a breakdown of the county government’s expenditure of funds that were released for El Nino preparedness.

More than 200 families in the slum area spent the whole of Thursday digging trenches and draining water from their flooded semi-permanent houses following the heavy rains.

According to Ms Evaline Kerubo, one of the residents, the ongoing rains have continued to wreak havoc in the area, which lies on the lower side of town, especially at night.

“Night rains are worse, for the last two weeks, we have experienced a worse nightmare because we keep watching for the rains lest we are swept away”, Ms Kerubo said.

She spoke as the Kenya Red Cross confirmed that the situation was dire and hinted a meeting with the county government today to discuss a humanitarian intervention.

Mr Juma Isaac, a County Red Cross official coordinating the agency’s response team in the affected area said they expect the County Government to chip in to ensure the affected families are assisted.

The residents said most of their valuable properties including documents, food and clothing have been destroyed by the rain water that flooded their houses.

QUICK RESPONSE

The affected residents blamed the county government for failed to come up with a quick response in the area which is one of the identified hotspots prone to flooding whenever it rains.

“We need a breakdown of how Sh500 million meant for El Nino preparedness is being spent by the county government. We are suffering here yet we have not received any communication from the county government for the last two weeks” another resident, Mr Samuel Momanyi, said.

Early October, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua unveiled an El Nino preparedness steering committee to implement a water tight plan and announced that the County would use Sh 500 million to mitigate the effects.

However, the residents said they are yet to receive any communication or help from the preparedness team from the county government.

“These families should be evacuated to safer grounds as soon as possible. The children here are languishing with hunger because of lack of food and they have nowhere to spend their nights” a former area councillor, Mr Joel Nyandieka, said.

Mr Nyandieka said there was need for the county government to invest in digging drainages in the area.

“There are no proper drainage system in the area, the main reason why people are being displaced. The only solution to these recurrent floods are proper drainage systems”, Mr Nyandieka said.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION