Flood victims to get government aid – CS Wamalwa

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Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa has assured all flood victims in the country of government assistance.

Wamalwa, who joined the Marsabit floods emergency operation on Saturday, said the government is committed to ensuring that all flood victims get food supplies and other assistance.

He at the same time called for more action on climate, saying the devastating effects of floods witnessed in various Counties across the Country soon after drought, makes climate change an inescapable reality.

He also announced plans to construct three dams in Marsabit, Turkana and West Pokot County to increase their water harvesting and storage capacity as a long-term resilience building strategy.

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On his part, Marsabit governor Mohamud Ali applauded the effort and commitment of the National Government to the floods situation. He assured all affected residents that there is enough food for everybody.

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The Marsabit floods emergency operation continues Sunday in Badenrero, Dabel, Bori, and Moyale, before proceeding to Wajir and Mandera Counties which are equally affected. Yesterday, the operation was to airlift food to Rawan, Funan Qumbi, Elle Bor, Elle Dimtu, Sololo Makutano and Ambalo areas that have been cut off by floods.

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Lodwar

Meanwhile, rescue operations have been on going in Lodwar town following floods that swept low-lying areas of the town.

A joint team of County Disaster Management department, the Kenya Maritime Authority, Medical officials from the Lodwar County Referral Hospital (LCRH) and a host of humanitarian organizations including the Kenya Red Cross have been carrying out rescue operations in Lodwar town following floods that swept low-lying areas of the town.

Several families were marooned after River Turkwel burst its banks.

Various entities had to move in to rescue people stuck in the water caused by the deluge. People living in low lying areas were asked to move to higher ground as the short rains got underway.

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Another river that has caused flooding in the county is River Kawalase along the Lodwar- Lokichoggio road that is located a kilometre away from Lodwar town.

Meanwhile the Meteorological department has said most parts of the country are expected to receive rainfall Sunday.

Strong south easterly winds of 25 knots and above expected over Isiolo and southern parts of Marsabit counties.

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