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Hundreds displaced after flash floods in Magarini

27 April 2012, 12:21 Alloys Musyoka

Hundreds of locals have been displaced while more than 1,400 acres of maize plantations were destroyed following flush floods at Dagamra location in Magarini district after Sabaki River broke its banks on Thursday.

Locals were forced to vacate their homes to safe areas according to Red Cross North Coast region Coordinator Mr. Musa Hassan Musa.

He said the  flush floods are a result of the ongoing heavy rains in the country.

“There are heavy rains going on and because we are at the lower part of River Sabaki, thousands of maize farms have been destroyed and hundreds of locals displaced," said Musa.

He mentioned Mkokoani, Kabelengani, Mandiri, Mzizima, and Galeni in Magarini district as most of the areas which have been affected by the floods.

Musa however warned locals living in areas near Sabaki River which have not been affected to be watchful saying that more than 700 people have been displaced so far.

“Thousands of maize acres have been destroyed and people displaced but we want to urge those who are still in safe areas to be careful because they can also be affected” he appealed.

Mean while more than 150 house holds in Chakama, Langobaya and Kakoneni have also been swept away by floods displacing hundreds of locals.

According Langobaya divisional officer in Malindi district Mrs. Selina Maitha, hundreds of locals have been displaced and their houses swept away by floods in the area.

She said warned locals against attempting crossing the over flooded river to access their farms since it is dangerous to avoid drowning cases.

“Many locals have been displaced and also their households were swept away by floods after Galana River broke its banks over flooding in the area. I also want to urge locals to avoid attempting to cross the river in order to access their farms so that we don’t have drowning cases,” said DO Maitha.

She said currently the level of water at Galana River is still too high and speedy which is dangerous urging those near the area to vacate to avoid being marooned and their properties swept away.

DO also Maitha called on the government and non-governmental organizations to intervene and assist addressing the situation.

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