Floods displace 50 families in Kirinyaga


At least 50 families are now living in the cold after their houses were swept away by floods in Kirinyaga County.

The families drawn from Githogondo and Ndiambo were sleeping when the heavy rains submerged their houses and completely destroyed them on Monday night.

Food, clothes and properties of unknown value were also carried away following the heavy rains that pounded the area.

This latest incident now brings to 150 the number of families who have been left homeless since the rains started in October.

Speaking to the Nation, the flood victims appealed to the county government to assist them with food.

“Unless the government intervenes urgently we shall starve to death,” Mary Wawira, one of the victims said.

They families also called on well-wishers to donate blankets and clothes to ease their suffering as they are now spending their nights out in the cold.

When contacted, a county official admitted he was aware of the problems the families were facing and that they would soon be assisted.

“We shall soon deliver food and medicine to the victims,” said the official who sought anonymity as he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the county government.

The official added that floods was proving to be a real menace and the county government was taking the matter seriously and will address the issue.

He advised the displaced victims to vacate the flooded areas and seek alternative accommodation elsewhere from relatives and good samaritans as the county government made the necessary arrangements to assist in the reconstruction of their houses.