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Malindi flood victims get relief food

09 May 2012, 11:26 Alloys Musyoka

Over thousand flood victims at Malimo area in Madunguni in Malindi district benefited from food and other social amenities from Malindi Constituency Development Fund worthy 0.5 millions.

Malindi Member of Parliament, Gideon Mung’aro distributed food to the flood victims camping at Malimo village on Tuesday while Malindi Red Cross Society provide them with non-food items like nets, tents and blankets.

The residents were forced to leave after floods marooned their homes and swept away thousands acreage of maize when River Sabaki burst its banks on Sunday night following heavy rain pounding higher areas of the country.

The incident comes barely a week after the same River broke its banks displacing hundreds of locals and destroying their maize plants but this time more locals were affected.

The area mostly affected in Malindi districts are Kakuhani, Kisiwani and Malimo village consisting of more than 1200 residents.

Mung’aro urged locals displaced by floods to be careful and avoid going back to their homes before water level in River Sabaki back to its normal warning that there is still rain in up country and that the River water may continue displacing more people.

“We have brought for you food and Malindi water company has brought water for you so other no-food items Red Cross will give you so we don’t want to see you going back to your home before water level of River Sabaki lowers.

There is a still rain pounding higher area of our country and so the River water level may continue increasing and we don’t cases of drowning as everything will be taken care of as you camp here,” noted the MP.

Addressing flood victims at Malimo in his Malindi constituency he said Malindi CDF will handle cases of school fees to students of families displaced by the floods in his constituency.

Mung’aro added that the government will intervene and assist more than 600 people living in two villages which were marooned by floods forming two islands by either using Helicopters or canoes.

“We have organized to get two boats which will be used by Red Cross officials to assess the two villages and also communicated with Kenya Wildlife Services who promised to come and asses the areas if their

Helicopters can be used also to move those surrounded by water to safe areas,” he added.

Malindi CDF distributed Beans, maize flour, rice, cooking oil, soap, children pourage flour, salt and sugar worthy 0.5 million shillings.

Mung’aro was accompanied by Malindi District Commissioner Mr. Joshua Nkanatha and North Coast Red Cross Coordinator Mr. Musa Hassan.

Nkanatha assured security to locals who were displaced saying security officers will be manning the areas to protect their properties from being stolen by thieves.

He said that he will be meeting other stakeholders in Malindi on Wednesday to discuss the matter and see how they can intervene and assist the displaced people.

Addressing journalists at Malimo village after touring the flood hit areas the DC said the government would ensure that residents whose village was inaccessible after it was surrounded by water that they are moved to safe areas to avoid drowning cases.

“We working hard with our bosses to make sure that people living in Kisiwani and Kakuhani are moved to safe areas. KWS officials will tour the areas and assess the situation to see if their Helicopters can land in the two villages and move worrying residents to safe places,” he noted.

Musa Hassan said Malindi Red Cross distributed nets, blankets, water cans and tents to flood victims and called on the government to intervene.

“We are only distributing non-food items and so the government and other well wisher can intervene and assist those people,” he added.

He said on Tuesday they managed to rescue 15 children and 5 women whose homes were surrounded by floods and risked being swept away and that they were planning to rescue other from two villages surrounded

by floods in the area.

“Today we rescued 14 children and 5 women from their home which was surrounded by water and we are working together with Malindi CDF and the government in making sure that more other 600 locals are rescued from Kakuhani and Kisiwani which is inaccessible,” he said.

On Monday Musa toured Magarini district where also over 3,000 people were displaced and four primary schools marooned by flush floods disrupting learning activities in the first day of opening of term two.

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