KISUMU, Kenya, May 19, 2020 – Four people have so far perished in Kisumu County as raging floods continue to cause havoc in the area.
County Deputy Governor Dr Mathew Owili further said that thousands of households have also been affected by the disaster, which he noted is one of its worst in the area since 1963.
He was speaking in Kisumu during a function where the Safaricom Foundation donated non-food items to people who have been hit by floods in various parts of the County.
The items included tarpaulins, blankets, and sanitary pads for disadvantaged women. Some of the items were distributed in areas such as Obiayo and Kabar in Muhoroni. Some 3000 people have been affected while Safaricom gave out the items to only 1,000 members of the public.
The ongoing flooding in Kenya has claimed the lives of hundreds of people. Heavy downpours, during the rainy season, which lasts from March to May, have wreaked havoc all across the nation marked with flash floods, landslides and sinkholes that have left thousands displaced, livestock dead and crops destroyed.
Speaking Monday after touring Budalangi constituency in western Kenya, one of the most affected regions by the floods, Eugene Wamalwa, minister of Devolution and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, said thousands had been displaced by the floods that started in April.
“Several counties have been affected, with 164 lives lost and thousands displaced. But Budalangi, which I am visiting, is one of the most affected areas,” he said.
Wamalwa noted that this year’s floods are the worst Kenya has witnessed in years. He urged residents to move to higher ground and to allow the construction of proposed dams and dikes by the government as a long-term solution.
Various areas of Kenya are being pounded by heavy rains that have paralyzed transport on busy highways.
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