10,000 displaced by floods in Tana River

By: ALPHONCE GARI

More than 2,500 families have been displaced by floods in Tana River county after the River Tana overflowed.

This brings to 10,000 the number of people affected by floods in the county.

Residents were displaced in Garsen, Tana Delta, Boji, Hola Galole and Bura, Kenya Red Cross Society’s Gerald Bombe said yesterday.

He is the officer in charge of Tana River and Kitui counties.

Thousands of other residents have also been affected by the raging floods indirectly, Bombe told the Star on the phone.

Floodwaters have also destroyed crops.

“We have already dispatched a team of Kenya Red Cross officials to the ground to assess the situation,” Bombe said.

“So far we have no reports of deaths because there was a lot of sensitisation done to the locals.”

Some of the victims have already established camps on safer ground to avoid being swept away by the raging water.

Bombe described the impact of the floods as worse than rains experienced previously.

He said evacuation of residents to safer ground is ongoing and there are three boats on standby.

Those affected will be given non-food items and water purifiers.

Bombe said the floods could cause a major famine because most crops have been destroyed.

In Kilifi county, Red Cross officials have raised an alarm that River Sabaki water levels have risen.

County manager Hassan Musa said they are monitoring the situation to respond to any disaster.

He said seasonal rivers burst their banks on Wednesday night, cutting off roads.

Musa had earlier predicted about 3,000 people in Kilifi will be affected by the floods.

Magarini deputy county commissioner Richard Karani said they sufficiently informed residents in the past two months on the possibility of floods.