2,000 displaced families receive non-food aid from Red Cross

Over 2, 000 displaced families from Ziwani and Bakuyu, Tana River County Thursday started receiving non-food items aid from the Kenya Red Cross.

The items that included blankets, mosquito nets, tents, bar soap, utensils were part of relief assistance for the families who have camped at undeveloped plots next to ATC and Young Muslim children home within Garissa town.

The families were displaced after river Tana burst its banks following the ongoing rains pounding Mount Kenya region, the source of the giant river.

Speaking after presiding over the distribution of the items, Garissa County Commissioner James Kianda said that the county government would provide safe drinking water to the families and also ensure that the hygiene conditions were favourable for human inhabitation.

The public health department in collaboration with the relevant players will provide toilets and collect cabbage within these camps. They will also ensure that health needs of the people in these camps are taken care of, he said.

Kianda urged the displaced families to remain in the camps until the rains subsided or when be advised to go back.

We expect the ongoing rains to persist. We have instructed our chiefs and their assistants in areas prone to flooding to advise the residents to remain alert and be ready to move out if need arises, he added.

The County Commissioner said that irrigation farmers along the river Tana upstream in Balambala down to Ijara in the south have also been affected as most of their farms have been swamped by the raging floods.

He said the government was assessing the damage to the farms planning ‘on how best to assist them get back on their foot after the rains recede’.

Kianda appealed to other aid agencies to join in providing relief assistance to the displaced families and other flood victims.

He said the government, through the special programme ministry, is making arrangement to help the families.

Meanwhile, Kianda said that road in Balambala, Lagdera, Dadaab and Ijara sub-counties have been badly damaged and advised motorist using the roads to seek advice before embarking on their journeys to avoid getting stuck in the mud.

Source: Kenya News Agency