2,500 Tana River floods victims receive food donations

Written By: Roncliff Odit

Disaster response teams have intensified their emergency response in the wake of ongoing rains that continue to wreak havoc in parts of the country.

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It has been a trying week for residents of Tana River County after ongoing floods in the area swept away a section of the Bura-Madogo road along the main Mombasa-Garissa highway.

Businessmen here say they have suffered losses amounting to over 5 million shillings since the road was cut off.

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tana River County Chair Hassan Wario say the main cause of pain among traders is the long route they are forced to use to transport their products.

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Traders lamenting that the main Mombasa-Garissa highway has remained impassable for over a week, following the heavy rains that forced the seasonal Galole river to break its banks.

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But as a temporary measure, the County government of Tana River has released food donations to affected areas of Bakuyu, Ziawani, madogo, Malkamanza and Mororo.

More than 2,500 families displaced by the floods received rice, beans and cooking oil to supplement their needs as the administration looks into finding a lasting solution to the crisis.

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The Kenya Red Cross Society estimates that more than 15,000 families in the area have been affected by the perennial floods.

In Samburu County, Lorry drivers transporting goods to Maralal town remained stranded at Rumuruti for the fourth day running some few kilometers to their destination following heavy rains being experienced across the county.

Contractors building Maralal-Muwarak road had already started digging the road from Maralal town when the rains started.

The digging has rendered the road impassable especially to heavy commercial vehicles.

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The drivers calling on the Chinese contractor to murram the section of the road to enable them deliver their supplies to Maralal town.

And it was respite for victims of floods in Mosiro irrigation scheme after Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai visited the over 50 families affected by the heavy rains.

The Governor calling on residents who are living in areas likely to be affected by floods to move to higher grounds to ensure no more lives are lost to the rains.




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