Man drowns as 8,000 marooned by floods

Report
from Kenya Daily Nation
Published on 06 Apr 2013 View Original

By DANIEL NYASSY dnyassy@ke.nationmedia.com and GITONGA MUCHIRI gmuchiri@ke.nationmedia.com

In Summary

• 200 head of cattle rescued from being swept into Indian Ocean

One man drowned in Laikipia and more than 8,000 people were marooned in Tana River County as floods wreacked havoc in parts of the country.

More than 1,500 houses were submerged at Hirimani area in Tana River County.

The Red Cross Coast regional disaster management officer, Mr Michael Ayabi, said the situation was grave adding that they had begun taking supplies there.

And more than 200 head of cattle were rescued out of River Tana yesterday after being swept away by raging floods.

The Rural and Border Control Unit of the Administration Police recovered the animals at Ozi where they had erected barriers.

The unit leader, assistant commissioner of police Patrick Mwaniki, said the cattle were crossing the swollen river when they were swept away.

“We placed residents at Ozi where they erected barriers across the river before it enters the Indian Ocean. We then fished them out,” he said on phone on Saturday.

On the other hand, Mr Ayabi said the Red Cross had dispatched a chopper to supply water, medicine and other basic supplies and also rescue the marooned families.

“The people spent the third day in flood waters. We have mobilised personnel and resources with the Provincial Administration and the local disaster management team at Hola to see what we can do to rescue the people,” said Mr Ayabi.

He said at least 1,500 houses had been marooned by the floods after the River Tana burst its banks at several points in the area.

“Between 7,000 and 8,000 people are affected by the floods which are a result of heavy rains,” he said.

And the Tana River county commissioner, Mr Joseph Rotich, said the situation was worsened by the cutting off of the Bura-Garisa road at Bilbil.

“The road was cut off twice around Bilbil where a bridge was swept away. There was some relief food being brought by the ministry of Special Programmes but it is stuck now. They can’t bring it,” he said.

Mr Rotich urged all residents living along the banks of the River Tana to move to higher grounds immediately to avoid a catastrophe.

He chaired an emergency security meeting at Hola yesterday to deliberate on how to rescue the stranded 8,000-plus residents.

The most affected villages are Chardende, Hirimani and Madogo.

Other areas between Garisa and Bura are also under water, according to Tana North district commissioner Reuben Loyotoman who was also at Saturday’s emergency meeting.

By noon Saturday, the River Tana water had spread to several villages in Tana Delta District further south.

One man drowned in Laikipia and more than 8,000 people were marooned in Tana River County as floods wreacked havoc in parts of the country.

More than 1,500 houses were submerged at Hirimani area in Tana River County.

The Red Cross Coast regional disaster management officer, Mr Michael Ayabi, said the situation was grave adding that they had begun taking supplies there.

And more than 200 head of cattle were rescued out of River Tana yesterday after being swept away by raging floods.

The Rural and Border Control Unit of the Administration Police recovered the animals at Ozi where they had erected barriers.

The unit leader, assistant commissioner of police Patrick Mwaniki, said the cattle were crossing the swollen river when they were swept away.

“We placed residents at Ozi where they erected barriers across the river before it enters the Indian Ocean. We then fished them out,” he said on phone on Saturday.

On the other hand, Mr Ayabi said the Red Cross had dispatched a chopper to supply water, medicine and other basic supplies and also rescue the marooned families.

“The people spent the third day in flood waters. We have mobilised personnel and resources with the Provincial Administration and the local disaster management team at Hola to see what we can do to rescue the people,” said Mr Ayabi.

He said at least 1,500 houses had been marooned by the floods after the River Tana burst its banks at several points in the area.

“Between 7,000 and 8,000 people are affected by the floods which are a result of heavy rains,” he said.

And the Tana River county commissioner, Mr Joseph Rotich, said the situation was worsened by the cutting off of the Bura-Garisa road at Bilbil.

“The road was cut off twice around Bilbil where a bridge was swept away. There was some relief food being brought by the ministry of Special Programmes but it is stuck now. They can’t bring it,” he said.

Mr Rotich urged all residents living along the banks of the River Tana to move to higher grounds immediately to avoid a catastrophe.

He chaired an emergency security meeting at Hola yesterday to deliberate on how to rescue the stranded 8,000-plus residents.

The most affected villages are Chardende, Hirimani and Madogo.

Other areas between Garisa and Bura are also under water, according to Tana North district commissioner Reuben Loyotoman who was also at Saturday’s emergency meeting.

By noon Saturday, the River Tana water had spread to several villages in Tana Delta District further south.