Gov’t deploys team to Tana River as humanitarian crisis looms

Written By: Ian Chepkuto
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Devolution and ASALs CS heads the team to Coast for Flood Mitigation starting with Tana River County in their 3rd day rapid response exercise
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A humanitarian crisis is looming in Tana River County, as rains continue pounding the area which has led to devastating floods.

The situation is so dire given that several affected villages have been cut off completely from the rest of the county.

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa says the government has deployed an emergency team to repair key infrastructure as it tries to get relief and essential services to affected families.

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Tana River is one of the counties that has experienced heavy rainfall which has greatly affected businesses in the region.

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The residents of Tana River led by Reuben Kolana discloses that floods resulting from the heavy downpour have rendered all the roads impassable for two months now.

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He also discloses that residents have been cut off from the rest of the county given that they cannot access nearby markets where they collect their supplies, leaving them starving.

This situation has forced the government to organize emergency measures to assist the affected families.

Speaking in Majengo town, CS Wamalwa noted that there is already a team that has been deployed in the region to repair key infrastructure destroyed by floods and assist affected families to receive essential services.

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Tana River County Commissioner Oning’oi Ole Socio says the design of the ridge and the roads ruined by the raging waters will require an expert to assess and build permanent structures that will not be swept away by floods again.

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