More than 100 families have been displaced by floods from their homes in Rachuonyo North Sub County of Homa Bay County after river Miriu broke its banks following a heavy down pour.
Kobuya and Wang’chieng locations are the most affected with areas such as Kawuor Agindo , Komenya, Konyango Kasirawa Lower Kabonyo, Konyi, Kawuoche, Kolaga and Kachieng’ rendered inaccessible.
The residents were forced to vacate their homes after flooding water from river Miriu overflowed into their homes.
Speaking to KNA, the chairperson of Wang’chieng Disaster Management Committee Kennedy Ochola said the families are now seeking refuge in their relative’s homes on the higher grounds while others are staying in two local churches near Chuowe beach.
Ochola further said that the families could not be taken to Osodo primary school which has been the campsite for the flood victims in the area following a directive by the Government for adoption of safety measures in preventing the spread of coronavirus.
“These families cannot be taken to the campsite because the Government banned public gathering as a way of curbing the spread of the killer virus,” Ochola said.
At the same time, he expressed fear that several families in the area might be displaced in the coming days following the current status of river Miriu and the ongoing heavy rains in the region.
Ochola further revealed that in Wang’chieng, 26 families have been affected while in Kobuya at least 100 families have been displaced.
Kobuya Location chief Damianus Osano appealed to Kenya Red Cross as well as the County and National governments to intervene by providing humanitarian assistance to the victims.
“I want to urge both the national and the county Government through the disaster management committee to come to the aid of the victims,” Osano said.
While confirming the incident, Rachuonyo North acting Deputy County Commissioner James Mabeya said that the Government is monitoring the situation to ensure the residents were safe.
He appealed to the families living in the flood prone areas to move to high grounds to avoid possible deaths and destruction of properties.