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Nyando flood victims appeal for humanitarian aid

02 January 2013, 15:16 Oduor Omondi

Over 400 people displaced by raging floods in Nyando and Muhoroni Districts are still desperate for support with food and non-food items.

The residents are now appealing for humanitarian aid after their homes were submerged and others swept by floods that following the heavy rains that saw River Nyando break its banks.

The humanitarian condition is now wanting and the residents are asking for assistance from the Government and relief agencies.

They are asking for food, medicine, blankets and tents since they have been sleeping in the cold.

Nyando DC Isaiah Tonui confirmed that 300 displaced families are still camping at Ahero DOs office, Apondo Center and Ogwedhi.

His Muhoroni counterpart, Solomon Abwaku, said the other100 families composed of a total 287 people have been accommodated at Kogalo, Nyangoto, Achuodho, Obiayo and Osembe primary schools.  

Tonui said the families are in dire need of drugs, nets and food.

He urged the Government to seek a permanent solution to the perennial flood problem which he pointed out could be achieved by opening up River Nyando and other smaller streams to prevent them from passing over the dykes.

Although the rains were experienced yesterday, Tonui observed that the crops have also been extensively damaged and animals swept away by the raging floods causing huge losses.

He disclosed that in Muhoroni, the most affected areas include; Ombeyi location, North East Kano and parts of Nyang’oma with a few families still left in the evacuation centers even though the floods have subsided.

As a result, DC Abwaku appealed to the Ministry of Special Programs to intervene and assist the victims with food and non-food items.

He revealed that the Red Cross Society is already on the ground with tents and some foodstuffs but the overwhelming number of flood victims calls for further support.

The DC however warned residents against cultivating near the dykes, saying that it reduces their ability to prevent flooding.

A visit to the homesteads revealed that the elderly who could not move to higher grounds were still stuck in their homes.

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