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Rice farmers count losses after floods

15 April 2013, 13:33 James Kabotia

Rice farmers in lower part of Mwea rice irrigation scheme in Kirinyaga County are Counting loses after floods swept away their rice field following the ongoing heavy rains.

The flooding occurred after river Thiba burst its bark and washed away the rice field which was almost at the harvesting stage.

The most affected area is Kirwara where more than 200 families and their rice fields were affected.

According to Kirinyaga Senator Daniel Karaba, urgent relief food is needed in the area as the villagers are susceptible to starvation after their food was destroyed.

Karaba urged the government to act with speed to ensure that the affected families are relocated and given place to live as the heavy down pour continues to wreck havoc across the County.

“Many farmers have been left homeless and their only source of income swept away by floods. Now the government should move with speed and settle these residents,” he pointed.

The Senator also revealed that he feared the heavy downpour may destroy hundreds of acres of rice field if mitigating factors are not quickly employed observing that this might lead to an acute shortage of rice in the country.

“I fear the country may experience an acute shortage of rice in the near future if the flooding continues,” he said.

Other areas which have also experienced flooding include Kithomondo village where over 100 people have also been displaced by the floods in the last three weeks.

The downpour has also left many roads impassable and this has affected many people especially French beans farmers who have been left counting looses after their produce failed to get into the market.

Karaba said that he is consulting with governor and County coordinator to see how best to help those affected by the flood, pointing that ministry of special programs must move with speed and rescue the affected families.

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