Relief organization issues warning over the ongoing rains

Kenya Red Cross Society has advised members of the public to be in constant touch with relief agencies, in the event of a disaster arising from the ongoing heavy rains.

Machakos County Red Cross coordinator, Gideon Mutua said chances of the current rains causing havoc to human habitation in the area were real and residents should always report any incidences for assistance.

The official who was speaking Tuesday to the press from his office in Machakos, also urged farmers to take advantage of the rains, by planting more trees to avert possible mudslides in the future.

His words come in the wake of last Sunday’s incident in Mwaaswa village, in Mwala County, where 250 houses were flattened after heavy rains accompanied by strong winds pounded the area for four hours.

Due to the ongoing heavy rains being experienced in the country, we are advising every person to be on the lookout for any incident that may need urgent intervention from relief agencies. We expect to be confronted by situations that will need quick action like salvaging those marooned in flood prone areas as we move towards the onset of long rains, he said.

Mutua terms the intensity of the rains and the damage so far recorded in the county as unprecedented compared to in 2017.

During Sunday’s incident, Red Cross personnel reached a total of 125 people, whose houses were marooned by raging floods.

The families were also provided with non-food items, such as blankets, mattresses, kitchen sets and mosquito nets.

Area MP, Gideon Mbai who visited the affected families, later also intervened by giving Sh. 300,000 to Mwaasa Primary School to help reconstruct five classrooms, whose roofs were blown off during the storm. He also gave 90 bags of rice to help boost the school’s feeding program.

The rains we have experienced over the last few days have caused more damages than what was recorded during the entire rainy season last year. We have received more incidences of damages caused by these rains than what we did last year, pointed out Mutua.

The Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in 25 counties, which are expected to experience heavy rains for the next two days.

The counties include Machakos, Kisii, Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Migori, Kakamega, Kajiado, Nakuru,Kwale,Marsabit,Isiolo,Turkana,Samburu and Kitui.

Source: Kenya News Agency