Freak floods destroy business premises, residential houses in Sori town

Several business premises and residential houses were destroyed in Sori town by floods following down pour on Saturday night.

The floods that caught residents unawares swept into business joints and living rooms around midnight forcing many to seek shelter in safe places within the town and its environs.

Nyatike Sub County commissioner James Mabeya told KNA by phone that a number of residents took refuge at the local petrol stations where they were still waiting for humanitarian assistance from government and well-wishers.

Personal property and merchandise worth millions of shillings got destroyed and this morning several learners failed to report to school for lack of books and uniforms that were swept away during the night incident.

We are monitoring the situation and may be forced to relocate the affected population to safer places if the floods persist, said Mabeya.

He said the county emergency response unit and the Red-Cross Society had been put on high alert in case of any emergency caused by the on-going rains.

Area chief Bernard Majiwa attributed floods to poor drainage system within the town and its environs.

He said many culverts are blocked leading to uncontrolled flow of excess water inundating homes and business places.

Majiwa asked the County government of Migori to urgently unblock the drainage system allow flood waters to flow easily into the nearby Lake Victoria.

For the last two months, the region has faced severe drought and the heavy rains that pounded the region on Saturday night has sent shivers among the population that now fear heavy floods.

The region is prone to serious floods during the rainy season from the overflowing rivers Kuja and Migori.

Attempts to harness the raging flood water through constructing dykes and dams have not been successful for years now.

Source: Kenya News Agency