Tana flood victims need urgent relief
10 April 2013, 12:27
Urgent food relief and other household items are needed for over 1 500 flood victims at Bura constituency in Tana River county, a government officer has said.
Tana River North District commissioner (Bura constituency) Reuben Loyotoman has said that local residents displaced by floods after River Tana burst due to the ongoing heavy rains are in urgent need of food and other non-food items.
The DC said that about 2 000 houses were swept by floods before the rest left for higher ground for safety where they are currently camping.
"Crops planted along the River were also uprooted and those people need support because they have no food," said the DC.
The district commissioner said that the floods have been caused by heavy rains pounding high areas.
He urged people staying near the river to move away to avoid drowning in the flood water.
Loyotoman said that the floods have paralysed transport in some areas within Tana River county.
"This district is now isolated because all roads leading to other towns have been cut off and so only helicopters can take food to displaced people in those areas," said the DC.
He assured locals that the government and Red cross were doing all their best to help them.
Loyotoman added that Red Cross society has already availed some of the non-food items like tents and nets as well as medicines to displaced people.
He called on other non-governmental organisations and well wishers to intervene and support Bura people who are spending nights in tents.
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