Govt. urged to provide aid to victims of floods in the Rift


The government has been urged to provide humanitarian assistance to victims affected by the rising water levels in lakes within the Rift Valley.

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The phenomenon has displaced hundreds disrupting a number of socio-economic activities of the local communities.

Affected families in Nakuru now calling on authorities to swiftly mobilize resources in an effort to cushion those affected by the rising waters.

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According to David Kahoro, over 350 families had lost their livelihoods with more than 151 displaced. Speaking after receiving food donations from Nakuru Rotary Club and Gilanis, Kahoro noted that their plea to the Government for assistance have been unsuccessful.

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Lucy Muthoni, one of those affected by the phenomenon, says basic needs have been a challenge to many adding that families are struggling to feed their children.

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An estimated 5,000 homesteads have been destroyed with at least 6,000-7,000 families forced to move in with friends or into temporary camps according to a status report on rising lakes.

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In Lake Nakuru, 350 families have been displaced in Mwariki sub-location while 3,087 households have been displaced in Baringo. 758 households have been affected by rising lake waters in Turkana County.

The country has recorded 400 fatalities in floods related incidents since March with critical amenities such as schools, hospitals and hotels destroyed.


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