Over 300 families displaced by floods in Migori, Homa Bay counties

Over 300 families have been displaced by floods caused by a heavy downpour in Migori and Homa Bay counties.

The families from Nyatike and Uriri areas of Migori County have subsequently sought shelter in schools and churches on higher grounds with the numbers expected go high if the rains continue.

The area leaders are calling for the construction of dams in the area saying it would ease the resident’s burden whenever there is heavy downpour.

The residents blamed unpredictable weather patterns and human activities for their perennial woes.

Nyatike Member of Parliament Tom Odege called on the national Irrigation Board to consider constructing dams on low lands to help in managing the floods by rechanneling the waters.

In Ndhiwa Sub County, several families have been displaced by floods after Rivers Kuja and Oyombe broke their banks following heavy rains which are pounding the area.

South Kanyikela location Chief Moses Ongonga said scores of families from four villages have been displaced by rains which have pounded the area for the last three days. The floods have affected families living in Ariri, Kopondo, Riat and Minyere village.

Homa Bay County Commissioner David Kipkemei said some families had already moved to higher grounds.

“Most of the affected people have relocated to their relatives’ homes to avoid more tragedy,” Chief Ongong’a said.

The administrator added that farmers in the area suffered huge economic losses after their crops which were ready for harvesting were swept away by floods.

In Teso, residents are raising alarm over the ongoing rainfalls that have affected business activities with school going children bearing the brunt.

The situation has been worsened after river Malaba and Malakisi broke their banks.

  

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