Relief as 75,000 Tana River flood victims gets food supplies

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has completed the distribution of 940 tons of assorted relief food supplies to 75,000 flood victims in Tana River County.

According to the KRCS Manager in charge of Kitui and Tana River Counties, Mr. Gerald Bombe, most of the food went to Tana Delta Sub County where an estimated 43,000 victims living in camps received food aid.

Other areas that received the food were Tana North and Tana River Sub Counties, Mr. Bombe told the Kenya News Agency over the phone today.

Each of the victims received 13.6 kilogrammes of maize, 4.8 kilogrammes of beans and 800 grams of cooking oil, while 3,000 households received nonfood items that included mosquito nets, blankets and tarpaulins.

The manager said some of the camps have been disbanded after the floods subsided, but added that a majority of the victims were still living in the camps.

He said KRCS had embarked on hygiene and sanitation promotion in the camps and affected homes with the initial distribution of slabs for the construction of pit latrines.

He said his organization had also installed a water desalination machine at Vumbwe IDP camp where 50 households get purified water daily. The machine was serving seven other camps surrounding the Vumbwe one, he said.

Meanwhile, some 50 households that had been marooned by floods in Assa Kone location of Garsen West Ward have finally been reached.

Mr. Bombe said all the affected households had received mosquito nets and medical attention and that relief food would soon be distributed in the area.

He said a community conservancy in Assa Kone area had acquired food for the 50 households that it had asked the Kenya Red Cross Society to distribute.

“The owner of the conservancy has a truck that will manage to go through the badly damaged road to distribute the food. He has agreed to also assist us send our usual food under the Foot for Assets (FFA) programme that we had been unable to send due to the bad state of the road,” he said.

By Emmanuel Masha