Minister for Fisheries Development Amason Jefa Kingi distributed relief food to thousands of floods victims on Monday at Marikebuni and Bate location in Magarini district Kilifi County.
Kingi who is also Magarini constituency Member of Parliament said over 3,000 flood victims in the area will benefit from the relief food.
He said the relief food was availed in the area by Ministry of Special programs under Minister Esther Murugi few days after she toured the flood hit areas to asses the situation.
The floods victims were displaced from their homes after River Sabaki burst its banks sweeping maize farm and households in Magarini district and some parts of Malindi district following heavy rains pounding some areas of the country.
He said the Ministry had brought already 300 sacks of rice, 250 sacks of maize, 200 sacks of beans and 200 gallons of cooking oil which will be distributed to all flood victims in the area.
The Minister assured flood victims who were eagerly waiting for the relief food at Marikebuni chief’s office that the government was doing its effort to ensure that no one in the area lost life due to foods.
“We are working hard to ensure that you get food and no death is reported due to floods here like you have heard other areas people have died. We have availed relief food for you and we know it is not enough so I will
be going back to Nairobi and try to get ore food for you people,” he said.
He said in three to four days or a week the government will bring another relief food in the area so as to sustain them.
Kingi urged locals in the area living near River Sabaki to make sure that they don’t risk crossing the River to avoid cases of drowning assuring them that they will also be provided with seeds to plant as the rainy season continues.
He said rain is expected to continue and so locals should not risk going back to their homes until they are assured by government that there is no more rain.
“We have heard you asking for planting seeds and so I will communicate with Minister in-charge of Agricultural so that we can see which type of seeds are suitable for this rainy season in your respective areas,’ he added.
The Magarini MP who is also the acting Minister for Industrialization said he will discuss with Minister for Roads and see if roads cut off can be repaired in the region.
He said the government through the Ministry of Health is prepared to deal with any outbreak during this season urging floods victims camping at different areas of Magarini to practice hygiene to avoid cases of disease outbreak caused by poor hygiene.
“Though we are prepared to deal with any disease outbreak you should be more cautious and practice hygiene by making sure you don’t go for long calls at high areas after which they will be carried to water catchment areas causing diarrhea after drinking the water,” he urged.
The Minister made the remarks at Marikebuni chief office where he distributed 50 bags of maize, 50 bags of rice, 20 bags of beans and 20 gallons of cooking oil to Burangi area flood victims in Magarini district.
He later distributed 90 sacks of maize, 100 sacks of rice, 20 sacks of beans and 15 gallons of cooking oil to flood victims at Bate and Kaya Dagamra location in the same constituency.
Kingi was accompanied by Magarini District Commissioner Mr. Richard Karani and Malindi county council Chairman Mr. Anderson Kingi Ngombo among other civic leaders.
He said the relief food should only be distributed to flood victims and not to any other person.
“I want to make it clear that relief food is only meant for those people who were displaced from their homes and all students, pupils and teachers in the areas should be given first priority and distributing it to other people who are not flood victims,” he stressed.
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