Naivasha floods raise fears of cholera outbreak

Written By: Correspondent

Water levels at lake Naivasha keep rising flooding nearby estates

Fears of a cholera outbreak have hit residents of Kihoto in Naivasha after pit latrines and boreholes in the estate that borders Lake Naivasha were submerged following flooding in the area.

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With already 2,000 families in the estate displaced by the rising levels of the lake, the families majority of whom are flower farms workers are staring at another crisis.

This came as Nakuru County government moved in to donate food and personal effects to 1,700 families that have already been displaced.

In the last one month, water levels in the lake have risen sharply flooding homes and farms leading to massive losses.

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In the process, latrines and shallow wells that serve area residents have been flooded though no case of Cholera has been reported.

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According to the Chief Officer in Charge of Disaster management Ann Njenga, the department of health was on the ground accessing the situation.

Speaking during the distribution of the foodstuff, Njenga admitted that the overflow from the latrines posed a major health threat to those left behind.

“Due to the rise in the water levels, latrines and water wells in the estates have flooded and this could lead to a disease outbreak,” she said.

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The CO noted that affected families had been directed to move out of the estate as the water levels continued to rise.

“The country government has donated food to 1,700 families that have been affected by the floods and we shall continue to support them until the floods are over,” she said.

Njenga noted that other parts of the county mainly estates bordering Lake Nakuru had also been affected with three people including a minor losing their lives.

Viwandani MCA Eric Gichuki admitted that the flooding could lead to a cholera outbreak as the rising waters continued to flood more latrines.

He said that the county had invested heavily in relocating those whose houses had been flooded to avoid contracting diseases.

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“Even the government directive for people to stay indoors cannot be observed as this families monitor the rising water levels that have flooded the estate,” he said.

One of the community leaders and a victim of the flooding Josephine Wanjiru said that the situation was getting worse every day due to the ongoing rains.

“We thank the county government for the donations after the flooding and out biggest fear now is the dangers exposed by the overflowing latrines,” she said.











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