KENYA: FAMILIES AFFECTED BY ONGOING FLOODS APPEAL FOR ASSISTANCE

NAIROBI-Families affected by on-going heavy down pour in parts of the country are appealing for humanitarian assistance and medical care after their homes were swept away by flood waters.

The families in parts of Lamu, Migori and Murang’a counties have been forced to seek shelter in neighbouring schools deemed to be on higher grounds.

Movement to other regions is near impossible after severally roads in the counties were cut off.

Locals in Lamu county and humanitarian organizations have resorted to using boats and choppers after several roads were cut off and homes submerged by flood water.

Two rivers in the area Tana and Nyongoro broke their banks.

More than 200 families have been forced to set up temporary shelters elsewhere with the most affected areas including Moa Village and Dide Waride.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, who toured the area to launch the distribution of relief aid, urged locals to move to higher grounds.

Elsewhere in Kuria Migori County over a hundred homes have been destroyed and close to two hundred families forced to spend the nights in the cold. Women, children and the elderly are the most affected.

The historical Memusi peace market was not spared by the raging waters displacing close to eighty traders and destroying property of unknown value.

Locals are now demanding for the speedy intervention by the county government.

The floods have also caused untold grief to the family of the late John Chacha who was buried a week ago.

His kinsmen had to exhume his body and bury him at a different locatio .

Miles away in Kiawamburi, Kiharu Constituency Murang’a County a family is in distress living in fear of their homestead being completely destroyed by flash floods.

Mary Nyambura says rain water is flowing into their compound from Mukuyu and Kiawamburi areas due to lack of proper drainage on the roads.

She says their compound now has deep trenches and wants the relevant authorities to compenasate them for the damage.

According to the Kenya Red Cross approximately 48,177 households (about 260,200 people) have been so far displaced following the continued heavy down pour with the death toll estimated at 100 people.

Damage to major community water systems has been reported in Garissa, Makueni and Isiolo counties, while shallow wells have been contaminated in Tana River, Kilifi, and Garissa as latrines have collapsed or flooded.

Learning has also been affected and many schools in Tana River, Garissa, Samburu counties are yet to re-open for the second term.

At least 11 schools are being used as shelters by internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Garissa and Tana River.

The Kenya Meteorological department has advised residents in flood prone regions to move to higher grounds as the rains are expected to continue for the next one week over parts of the Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley, the Central Highlands (including Nairobi) the Northeast and the Coast region in Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Tana river counties.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK