Fear of Cholera outbreak in Homa Bay

Homa Bay Town residents have been urged to practice health precautionary measures to avert a possible cholera outbreak within the town and its environs

due to the ongoing heavy rains.

For the last three days, the town has been experiencing heavy rains which have broken the sewer lines and wall directing the wastes into

the lake.

Meanwhile, a mother and her baby perished after the vehicle she was travelling in was submerged in floods along Kendu Bay-Homa Bay

road.

Speaking to KNA at the sewer lines, Homa Bay County Deputy Governor Hamilton Orata said the lake water which majority of the residents use

for consumption has been polluted, raising fears for a possible cholera outbreak at the town and its environs.

Orata called on the residents to boil water before use as one among the healthy practices to prevent the outbreak of the fatal waterborne disease.

Most of the water pipes supplying the county residents with water have broken down. I have therefore directed the department of

water to temporary halt pumping water over health concerns, Orata

said.

Deputy County boss appealed to the national government and Non-Governmental Organisations to assist the flood victims with food

and non food items.

Orata expressed gratitude to the public for their concern and efforts in ensuring success in the search for the body of the woman who

perished in the flood.

The body of the woman was retrieved Monday evening at Lela beach in the outskirts of Homa bay town.

His sentiments were also echoed by Homa Bay Sub County deputy Commissioner Chuck Masua, who appealed to the residents to avoid the

flash flood routes to curb such unfortunate incidents from occurring in the future.

Masua however regretted that the county lacks modern tools in searching for victims who have died in the lake.

Source: Kenya News Agency