At least 113 Kenyans Killed By Floods As MET Department Warns of More Rains

At least 113 people have died in the last two months and another 260,0000 displaced as raging floods continue to unleash bitter havoc.

Even at that, the Meteorological department are warning of more heavy rains in the next few days in what they have termed unusual departure from traditional weather patterns.

The Ministry of Devolution, the United Nations office in Nairobi and the Red Cross say 10 counties are the worst affected.

“We are doing our very best to help all Kenyans affected by the heavy rains,” Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said.

Ironically, the counties worst hit are those previously ravaged by drought. Major roads, learning institutions, medical facilities and community water systems have been rendered unusable.

The catastrophe has raised the risk of the outbreak of diseases such as cholera, as latrines have collapsed or been flooded.

Tana River was the worst hit with more than 70 per cent of the expansive county submerged. The Ministry of Devolution, county governments, Kenya Defence Forces and the Red Cross were grappling with surging floodwaters that swept away houses, livestock and household property. More than 100,000 people have been left homeless.

Other hard-hit areas are Kilifi, Garissa, Wajir, Kisumu, Mandera, Isiolo, Turkana, Samburu, Baringo and Kajiado. Residents say they have never experienced such rain for years. Essential commodities and services such as food, water and medicine have become luxuries to the residents of these marginalised areas.

An estimated 205 schools have closed in the 10 counties. According to statistics, Tana River (71 schools), Garissa (49), Wajir (42), Baringo (5), Samburu (8) and Kisumu (15) have suffered damage, flooding, collapsed latrines or destruction of education materials.

Eleven schools have been turned into shelters for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Garissa and Tana River, making it impossible for pupils to sturdy.

The spread of communicable diseases remains a concern, with five counties — Garissa, Isiolo, Meru, Turkana and West Pokot — facing active cholera outbreaks, according to ministry officials.

(Courtesy, the Star)

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