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1650 people in need of aid after floods

02 April 2013, 17:29 Oduor Omondi

A preliminary report conducted by the Kenya Red Cross Society has revealed that close to 1 650 people and 330 households have been affected by flash floods that have rocked parts of Kisumu East, Nyando, Nyakach and Rachuonyo Districts.

According to the assessment report, 835 children below age of five are the most affected since their homes have been marooned by the floods occasioned by a heavy downpour that continues to pound the region for a week now.

Rivers Auji and Nyamasaria in Kisumu broke their banks on Monday thus causing unprecedented damage. However, no fatalities have been reported so far.

Speaking to the press after assessing the damage, Red Cross Western Kenya Regional Health Officer Benson Simba said their projections indicate that all counties within the Western region will receive above normal levels of rainfall.

Simba divulged that toilets in affected areas such as Nyaori, Kassagam, Manyatta B, Gem Rae and Wangaya have collapsed and the existing ones can no longer be used since they are flooded, this in effect causing a serious health risks.

Transport system has also not been spared either; among those hit by the raging floods is the Nairobi - Kisumu Highway where the Nyamasaria bridge has been partially swept off thus causing a huge traffic snarl up along the route.

According to Kenya Red Cross, other sectors expected to also bear the brunt of the floods include agriculture, education and nutrition.

Simba also hinted that their eyes are currently fixed on Migori County, more so Nyatike which he said could be badly hit by the floods going by history.  

The humanitarian organisation has already started issuing out non food items to the affected families and is calling upon other goodwill organisations to also chip in.

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