KISII, Kenya, May 20, 2020 – At least 1,552 families in six constituencies in Kisii County have been affected by landslides occasioned by the floods due to the heavy rains being experienced in the area in the current season.
The families hail from Bomachoge Chache, Bomachage Borabu, South Mugirango, Kitutu Chache South, Kitutu Chache North and Bobasi Constituencies with the affected individuals forced to move out of their homes.
Even though the Kisii County Government chipped in to offer support to the families, the magnitude of the landslide indicates that more needs to be done in order to map them all.
Governor James Ongwae through its Chief Officer Stakeholders, Civic Education and Disaster Management Timothy Kambuni is optimistic that the County Disaster Management Department has moved to offer assorted food items and beddings to the victims since most of them could not access their houses at the moment.
Bomachoge Chache MP Alpha Miruka whose constituency is one of the most affected appealed to the national and county governments to move in with speed to ensure that the area residents are safe from any calamities.
Interviewed residents said that they can’t sleep in their houses because they fear that anything can happen during the night.
The villagers are appealing to the government that even as it gives priority to the fight against COVID-19 it should also not forget Kenyans who are suffering due to floods since most areas were having such an occurrence for the first time,” said one of the residents.
The Kisii County Government has invited experts from the Department of Mines and Geology to visit some of the sites prone to landslides with a view to establish whether the places are habitable or residents need to move to safer areas permanently.
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