3,000 residents of Taveta Sub-county displaced

About 3,000 residents in the border town of Taveta in Taita Taveta County have been displaced following the ongoing heavy downpour which has been pounding the area for the one week.

Confirming the incident, Benson Mwaringa, who is the Red-Cross Project Coordinator, observed that the people were in dire need of humanitarian assistance as all the properties have been destroyed by water.

Some 474 households are affected and sleeping in the cold as all the dwellings had been damaged by water not to mention their livestock being washed away by the flash floods worsened by the water flowing from Mount Kilimanjaro, said Mwaringa, who spoke to KNA on phone Monday.

Affected areas include Kimorigo, Ngutini, Shauri Moyo and Mrabani.

The area Member of the County Assembly (MCA), Johns Maskuji alleged that his Mboghoni Ward had been turned into an island.

Maskuji blamed poor road construction workshop as the reason why transport had become a nightmare in the area.

He called on both the National and County Government to come to the aid of the residents who have so far been cut-off from accessing Taveta town.

Farmers can no longer take their produce to the market due to water logged roads and are rotting in the shambas, said Maskuji.

The MCA who had accompanied the County Disaster Management team, Monday observed that people were unable to go to church and also seek health services as the water level had gone to the waste line of the residents who feared to be drowned.

If the constructor could redirect the water to river Lumi and also Njoro Kubwa canal then wananchi would be relieved from the roaming waters, concluded Maskuji.

Joseph Kighala, lamented that removal of sisal plantation in the nearby farms at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro was the cause of these waters that were flooding the farms and even their houses.

We can no longer take our farm produce to the market and we are forced to be spectators watching the rotting of our bananas and tomatoes, said Kighala.

Taveta Deputy County Commissioner, Stanley Kamande, said the government and relevant stakeholders were in the process of carrying out assessment of the damage caused by the floods for humanitarian assistance.

The floods are not hazardous as in the past. We are, however, carrying out an assessment of those affected for assistance purposes, he said on phone.

Taveta is normally prone to floods. The area is permanently and perennially affected by floods as it is among the water routes from Mount Kilimanjaro region.

The problem is that the flood victims relocate during rain seasons and come back after the situation normalizes, noted the County Commissioner.

Source: Kenya News Agency