Floods Render 34 Tana Delta schools Inaccessible

At least 10,000 learners in 34 schools in Tana Delta Sub County will not be able to access their institutions on Monday due to flooding that has hit the area.

Sub County Director of Education Geoffrey Munguti said the 34 primary and secondary schools would not be able to re-open for the second term as some were inaccessible while others are flooded.

Some of the schools are flooded and no learning can continue, Mr. Munguti told journalists at the Laza Leisure Lodge in Hola Town where he was attending a workshop on the formation of Amani Clubs in schools by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).

Mr. Munguti called on well-wishers to urgently provide makeshift classrooms for the learners to continue with their studies despite the floods.

We are calling upon well-wishers such as the Kenya Red Cross Society to make temporary arrangements so that as schools open on Monday, our children can continue with their studies uninterrupted, he said.

He said the most affected were schools along the 100-kilometre Gamba-Kitere road, which had been turned into a seasonal river that had made it impossible for motor vehicles to pass through.

Just ten kilometers from Gamba to Kitere, a bridge has been swept away, rendering 14 schools along that road inaccessible by road, he said.

He said some of the schools had been abandoned by villagers � including parents and their children � due to the floods and would not have any pupils even if they were to re-open on Monday.

In some of the schools such as Gadeni, Danisa and Gamba, parents have fled with their children and there will be no pupils during the opening day, he said.

He said that students were also in danger of being attacked by crocodiles, which were roaming about following the floods, noting that two school children had been reportedly killed by crocodiles since the onset of the floods.

The other day, a boy at Kipao Primary School was taken by a crocodile while another was snatched by another reptile at a lake near Garsen Market, he said adding, Life is becoming very risky.

Source: Kenya News Agency