Families left homeless as livestock swept away by swollen river in Mosiro

Over 50 families have been left homeless and over 80 goats swept away at Orrosidan village in Mosiro area in Narok East after River Ewaso-Nyiso burst its banks in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Confirming the incident, Narok County Administration Police (AP) Commandant, Lawrence Owino, said the rescue operations are on-going at the area to rescue residents some of whom climbed trees to escape the raging floods but thankfully no life has been lost.

However, over 40 acres of crops under irrigation at Mosiro Irrigation Scheme have been destroyed by the floods which could spell doom to the residents of the area that has been experiencing perennial droughts.

Area Chief, Samson Sitooyi, said residents who were asleep were woken up by raging waters at about 2:00am this morning and scampered for safety in the upper areas and on trees.

Roads in the have also been rendered impassable thus hampering rescue operations.

The Meteorology Department last month predicted a heavy downpour in some parts of the country this month. Heavy floods last month destroyed the Narok-Maai-Mahiu road at Karima area in Naivasha Sub-county, taking away the life of a schoolgirl and cutting off communication to Western Kenya and upper Nyanza.

Earlier this week, 19 people died while four seriously injured after a bus they were traveling in plunged into the swollen Siyiapei River along the Narok- Maai Mahiu road. Most of the dead are said to have drowned in the river.

Source: Kenya News Agency