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Gullet: Declare flood disaster in Tana

10 May 2013, 13:21 Alloys Musyoka

Tana River - The Red Cross Society of Kenya wants the central government and Tana River county government to declare Tana River County  a flood disastrous region.

Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet has said that flood has become problem and so the two governments should come together and announce it a disaster in the region.

He said that a permanent solution should be found for Tana River county flood issue which has become a problem to locals.

“Flood has become a disaster in this area and so we want the central government and the county one to announce it a big problem which need to be addressed immediately,” he said.

Abbas who had toured Tana Delta district to visit flood victims before commissioning water plant at Bandi village, said that the government should come up with program to harness and harvest flood water for irrigation in future during dry seasons.

He said that flood victims should also be given seeds to plant in their farms once flood is over to get rid of hunger problem in future.

“These people should be provided with seeds for planting so that they don’t rely on relief food because that era or depending on relief food is gone,’ he said.

He said the water plant he commissioned will be able to purify flood water which will be used by IDPs in the area adding that they are also looking possible ways of transporting another water purification plant to Wema area which is not accessible for flood victims to get safe water.

Gullet said by so doing they will be able to fight water diseases which are prone to areas living many people especially during rainy season.

“We found it necessary for us to bring water purification plant here so that IDPS can get fresh and safe water to avoid drinking contaminated water, funny enough the water being purified is the flood one and it is very good at its final stages ready for drinking,” he noted.

He said they have also sent medical experts to test and treat IDPs camping at different camps in the area.

Red Cross the officer said that have already distributed non-food items to flood victims in the area adding that they are finding way to reach those staying in areas which have been cut off from the rest of Tana Delta district after roads were washed away by flood water.

Gullet was accompanied by Tana Delta district commissioner Mike Kimoko, Red Cross governor Doctor Mohamed Said,UN humanitarian Coordinator Gabriela  Watjman and Gisela Holme among other officials.

Abbas Gullet

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