8 people killed in raging floods

Written By: Brenda Czeda
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Four Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) construction workers in Kajiado County are among 8 people who have lost their lives after they were swept away by raging floods at Fatima South Bridge along River Kandisi.

11 other people are reported missing following heavy rains that continue to pound different parts of the country.

Over 2,000 families were forced to sleep in the cold after their houses were destroyed by the heavy down pour in Kitui County.

Over the last two months, the country has recorded extensive loss of property, public infrastructure and loss of lives due to the heavy rains.

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County Commissioner, Samuel Simiti, says they are yet to recover the bodies of people who drowned at River Enziu.

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The Bomet County Disaster Unit is also yet to recover the body of a woman who drowned in Chepkulo Nyangores River.

The search for the body has been hampered by strong currents in Chepkulo River, owing to ongoing heavy rains.

The County Disaster unit has retrieved 15 bodies from Amalo, Chepkulo Kipsonoi and Chemosit rivers since the start of the rainy season.

However as the rains continue to wreak havoc, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa says the government has put in place measures to alleviate the suffering of flood victims.

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This even as his water counterpart Simon Chelugui assured residents of Garissa County that the government has put in place measures to prevent outbreak of water borne diseases.

Chelugui says the National government and Garissa County Government will supply clean and safe drinking waters for displaced victims in 10 camps in Garissa town and its environs after 137 toilets collapsed during the recent flood.

In Tharaka Nithi County, those living in landslide prone areas have been asked to move to safer grounds.

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As the rains continue to cause destruction, Nandi County Government has been forced to review the road maintenance activities.

Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang has suspended all ongoing road works for a period of two weeks, saying the heavy rains have made it impossible to continue improving and maintaining the road infrastructure.

According to the county boss, the heavy rains have also caused breakdowns of some of the road construction machines.

The road works that have been suspended include those that were awarded to 121 local contractors under the Road Maintenance Levy Fund .

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