14 families sleep in the cold owing to flash floods
29 April 2015, 13:33
Bumula - 14 families at Sango, Bitobo and Kisawai villages in Bumula sub-County are spending their nights in the cold after heavy rains pounding the region destroyed their houses.
The families claim that since the rain started three weeks ago, they have been forced to seek accommodation elsewhere after their houses were swept by floods while roofs of others were blown away by strong wind.
Speaking to News24 in Bitobo village, one of the victims, Ibrahim Aluku said that for the last one week, his family has been struggling to find a place for them to put up in vain, something he said puts their children at risk of contracting waterborne diseases.
"Since the rain started, it has caused a lot of havoc. Our houses have been destroyed, crops like maize and beans also destroyed and we are spending our nights in the cold. Let the County government come in and assist us before we succumb," he said.
A visit to the villages by News24 established that some houses are flooded, others had no roofs while farms along the river banks had been submerged.
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Kimaet Ward rep, Chrisanthus Wechuli said that his efforts to have the victims assisted had not born any fruits and called on the County government to come in and support them so they can be able to carry on with their daily chores.
Bungoma County Public administration Chief Officer, Patrick Kibiti blamed poverty for the destruction of trees, leaving the region bare and thus exposing houses and families to danger of natural calamity.
"We should be cutting one and planting two trees to prevent strong wind from wreaking such havoc. This would have been prevented if trees were available," said Kibiti.
Kibiti promised to visit the affected families to establish the damages so that they can be assisted by the special programmes unit of the County government.
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