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Flood water to be used in power generation

18 April 2013, 14:50 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma has disclosed that part of the KES 1.6billion allocated by the Central Government to the County will fund flood control activities in Nyando, Nyakach and Muhoroni Districts.

Ranguma said that an elaborate plan has been laid out not only to facilitate flood control but also use the same water for irrigation and power generation in Kisumu County.

He made the remarks while addressing over 500 flood victims displaced from their homes at Nyando District Officer’s compound in Ahero town.

“When the rains subside, we will move swiftly to unblock the water channels through desiltation and source for more resources to construct more dykes,” he explained.

Ranguma disclosed that he will liaise with his Kericho counterpart to undertake damming of flood waters upstream to curb the extensive losses by communities living downstream, especially in lower Nyando and Nyakach areas.

"We hope to stop the cyclical nature of floods in Nyando, Nyakach and Muhoroni while also seeking to repair the damaged infrastructures such as roads," he said.

Ranguma was accompanied by United Millers Manager Sunil Shah and Kenya Red Cross Society members.

Shah said that United Millers is committed in contributing towards alleviation of suffering of flood victims in Kano plains by donating 600 bags of maize meal to the displaced persons.

Red Cross Society representative Fredrick Orimba also disclosed that they have distributed blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins and drugs among other food and non-food items to the flood victims.

Orimba said that over 300 households were displaced in Muhoroni, 405 in Nyakach and over 500 in Nyando all within Kisumu County.

He further revealed that 120 households were affected at Rachuonyo and other 273 in Nyatike where the victims had no access to clean water for drinking thus were at high risk of contracting waterborne diseases.

The Red Cross official pointed out that the area also lacked toilets as most of them had submerged, considering that the water table was quite high.

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