Red Cross installs water treatment plant at Sabaki River, Kilifi

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The Kenya Red Cross society has installed a modern water treatment plant at Sabaki River in Kilifi, as part of efforts to mitigate water borne diseases among flood victims.

This comes as the Kenya Meteorological Department in its latest predictions has warned of increased rains in Western, central and coast regions. The downpour in Northern Kenya is also expected to subside.

As the number of displaced persons owing to flooding reached 222,000 with 132 deaths reported countrywide, the Kenya Red Cross has moved in to avert water borne diseases in Kilifi county which is among the worst affected by flooding.

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The humanitarian agency has installed the treatment plant at a cost of 12 million shillings at river Sabaki which is expected to supply clean safe water to 22,000 flood victims.

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The water will be supplied to displaced families in Malindi and Magarini using water boozers provided by the county government.

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They are also distributing 10,000 sachets of water purifiers. At the same time they have also erected toilets and are conducting medical outreaches in the camps.

Separately, the Kenya Meteorological Department is warning there will be increased rainfall in western, coastal and central region.

KMD director Peter Ambenje, says the heavy rains are also been experienced in neighboring Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

He attributed the increased downpour to what he termed as ‘Madden Julian Oscillation’ which has hit the East Africa region.

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Meanwhile, emotions ran high as bodies of those who perished at a landslide in Murang’a County were put to rest in kahatia village Muranga. The four aged 62, 49, 19 and 15 were killed in their sleep when their house was covered by mud.

The area MP appealed to the Government to increase funding for disaster management.

The country has in the past few weeks witnessed flashfloods and mudslides as a result of heavy rains.

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