177 people need flood rescue
16 April 2013, 12:53
Red cross society of Kenya officials on managed to rescue 28 members of five families on Monday who were marooned by floods after River Sabaki burst its banks at Kuloba village in Magarini district within Kilifi county.
Among the 28 rescued included 17 children, according to Malindi and Magarini district Red Cross coordinator Hassan Musa Hassan.
Musa said that they took the rescued people to higher grounds away from the flooded river.
The officer noted that there are 14 families camping at a hilltop where they ran for their safety after floods swept their homes away.
He said the families are equivalent to over 170 people who could not be rescued due to complexity of the area they are camping.
Musa said that Red Cross boat cannot rescue them and so they are looking for possibility of airlifting them.
"We have tried and rescued some but others cannot be rescued because the area is not easily accessed by boat. We are trying to see if our bosses will help us get helicopter to rescue the remaining people," said Musa.
He observed that most of those camping at the area are children who are in danger of infections due to contaminated water since they share same bush for toilet.
Musa went further to add that the families have no shelter.
The officer told the media that they were facing some challenges since some people refused to be rescued claiming their cattle and food will be stolen if they leave them.
"One old man told us that he cannot leave his cattle and little food floating on the flood water in a granary because thieves will take advantage and so we could do nothing to take him out of the place," said Musa.
Those rescued, Musa noted, were given nets and water guard to treat drinking water so as to avoid water borne diseases.
He said hundreds of acres of crops were destroyed by the flood water which keeps increasing every day.
Musa added that his officers had gone to Langobaya division in Malindi district where a foot bridge was reported to have been washed away by floods.
Ndege Bozo, one of those affected at Kolobani village said that they woke up in a flooded house on Sunday.
"I was waking up to go for a short call when I found water surrounding our house, then I called my wife and started moving out of the house with our children. Some of our households were washed away but we managed to rescue our children and some of the food items and clothes we had," he told reporters.
Ndege said they decided to camp at a hill which was also surrounded by floods.
He wondered why the government had failed to put up measures to distance them from frequent displacement by floods.
Bozi said it was so sad that their home district was dry yet they were being displaced by rain water from other regions.
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