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Floods leave 300+ families homeless

22 April 2013, 17:51 James Kabotia

Over 300 families have been left homeless at Kwa V area in Kirinyaga County following torrential rains pounding the area.

The families are sleeping in cold after their mud houses were destroyed by flood water and their property washed away.

The victims lamented that they have been left homeless and they fear their children may fall sick due to cold weather as they have nowhere to sleep during the night.

Kirinyaga County governor Joseph Ndathi visited the families and promised to mobilize relief supply to alleviate their problems.

He termed their condition as sorry saying that he will ensure the County disaster management committee comes up with lasting solutions to their problems.

“I’m going to mobilize all resources at my disposal and ensure you get relief to alleviate your suffering,” he said.

'Stone excavators are responsible for floods'

The governor blamed stone excavators whom he accused of leaving open stone bowels which are later filled with rain water causing floods in the area.

He warned that he will not condone haphazard excavation of stones in the area pointing that stone excavation should be regulated to conform with laid down laws.

Accompanied by his deputy Julius Njiri and score of county representatives, the governor directed families leaving in the hilly and landslide prone area to vacate to safer areas.

He observed: “It’s in bad faith for the country to lose its citizens just because it’s raining. This must stop; rain is a blessing and not a curse.”

On Monday, rice farmers in lower parts of Mwea rice irrigation scheme suffered heavy losses after floods swept away their rice fields.

The flooding occurred after River Thiba burst its banks and washed away the rice which was nearing maturity.

The most affected area was Kirwara area where tens of acres of rice fields were affected.

Kirinyaga Senator Daniel Karaba said that urgent relief food supply is needed in the area as the villagers face starvation after their food was also swept away by the raging flood.

Karaba said that the government should move with speed and ensure that the affected families are relocated and given place to live as the heavy downpour continues to be experienced in the County.

“Many farmers have been left homeless and their only source of income has been swept away by floods. Now the government should move with speed and settle these residents,” he pointed.

The Senator also revealed that he fear the heavy down pour experiencing in the area has swept away hundreds of acreage of rice fields.

“I fear the country may experience an acute shortage of rice in the near future if the flooding continues and more farmers are affected,” he warned.

Another area that has also experienced flooding is Kithomondo village where over 200 people have also been displaced by the floods in the last three weeks.

The downpour has also left many roads impassable and this has affected many people especially French beans farmers who have been left counting looses after their produce failed to get to the market.

Governor said that in Kirinyaga County, over 500 families are in dire need of urgent food supply and other personal effects.

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