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Four schools washed away by floods

18 April 2013, 14:15 Alloys Musyoka

Four schools in Tana River North district (Bura constituency) within Tana River county have been washed away by floods after Tana River broke its banks, a government officer has said.

Tana River county Director of Education Mohamed Shee said that the four are Singwaya primary, Hirimani primary, Bilbil primary and Huruma primary school whose structures were washed away by floods water.

Shee said that the schools were marooned by floods after Tana River broke its banks following heavy rains which are being experienced in high areas across the country.

He said that the four primary schools serve 1 804 pupils who might have nowhere else to study if the schools are not re-constructed before next term.

"Those schools were swept by floods fortunately after schools were closed but they need to be constructed for the sake of next term which starts from May," said Shee.

According to him, Tana River county has been affected most by the floods even though the region is dry.

"The floods are not caused by rains here but effects of rains from other areas," said the county education director.

He said Singwaya primary school has 210 pupils, Hirimani 181 pupils, Bilbil 313 pupils and Huruma 1 100.

Shee urged well wishers and non governmental organizations to intervene and help the affected people with food and other things.

In Tana Delta district, about 6 000 tribal clash victims have been displaced by the floods when their houses were marooned after the Tana River burst its banks.

People from different parts of the larger Tana River county continue camping in different educational and health facilities as well as relatives' homes after their homes were washed away.

Thousands of acres of crop farms have also been reported to have been washed away meaning local residents will have no food for some months.

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