Floods in West Kenya Displace Many, Leaves a Trail of Destruction

from Kenya Red Cross
Published on 10 Apr 2013 View Original

Heavy rains in areas of West Kenya Region have left several households (HH) displaced as well as destruction of property and livelihoods. The heavy rains have been experienced in the area for the past one week.

In the larger Nyakach area namely Asao, Gem, Gem and North Nyakach, at least 639 HH have been affected with the heavy rains. The most common destruction in these areas is collapsed latrines, contamination of water sources, and total collapse of houses, food stores destroyed, farms swept away and livestocks dead.

In Rangal location, 44 houses collapsed with 10 families currently camping at Kanyalwal primary School. Furthermore, at least 13 goats and 18 goats as well as 27 cattle and sheep also died during the heavy downpour. Another 130 houses have been affected with some about to collapse as well as crops swept away and others submerged.

Six households have also been affected in Asao location leaving eight goats dead and 32 houses collapsed. The affected HH are currently camping at Kagwela Primary School, Miruka Primary School, Asao Primary School and Urudi Primary School.

In Homa Bay County at least 50 HH have been affected with toilets submerged, crop fields washed away, grazing fields submerged, one child reportedly feared dead, local transportation affected with impassable roads especially around Myakwere market partially affecting business.

Learning institutions have also been affected leading to low attendance in schools. The affected HH are currently camping at Osodo Primary School. Also affected are Nyadinya Primary School and its environs that have seen at least 80 HH camping at the school.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) has conducted assessments in the areas, sensitized communities on hygiene issues, water treatment and alertness to avoid loss of lives as the heavy rains may still continue. The KRCS has also been distributing Non-Food items in most of the affected areas. Distribution is still ongoing.

The Society has also met with partners and government representatives to discuss the way forward as the needs still remain huge. Meanwhile along the Naivasha-Nairobi highway, the bridge at Kayole started developing cracks after heavy downpour on Tuesday 9th April 2013. Motorists have been advised to use the Mai Mahiu route.