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Landslide victims desperate for better land

23 April 2014, 18:33 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - 60 families from Tetu sub-county whose homes were recently destroyed by landslides have asked the government to help them find a new safer settlement.

The residents have been witnessing landslides every year in the area during rainy seasons.

The families who have had to vacate their homes as extended rainy seasons hamper the area since year 2000, said they felt unsafe and should get a better place to stay.

The families are currently camping at Gichira Youth Polytechnic following another landslide.

Their spokesman, Bernard Wachira Ndereba said each family has been incurring loses of between KES 30,000 and KES 50,000 every year reconstructing their homes while their farms have been destroyed too.

Area MP Ndung'u Gethenji and Deputy County Commissioner Herman Shambi visited their temporary shelter with relief supplies from the department of Special Programs.

Gethenji assured them of continuous government support, adding that he would work with the committee to find a lasting solution to the problem.

Shambi reported that during this year's landslide 20 households were affected with some of their houses being damaged beyond salvage.

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