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Floods render 600 homeless in Hanang

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By Mariam Juma - Katesh

Members of more than 50 households in Katesh have been adversely affected by the ongoing heavy downpours. The gushing waters have also submerged nearly 1000 acres of farms, destroying crops worth millions of shillings.

According to the Hanang’s District Commissioner, Mr Thobias Mwilapwa, it is estimated that some 600 people are now homeless, after rains have demolished their houses.

“This is the second time that storms are wreaking havoc here. The same phenomenon occurred last year resulting to massive loss of crops,” said the DC.

Limited harvests from last seasons, coupled by the fact that, the rains have again destroyed this year’s crops, makes Hanang susceptible to hunger and food shortage.

Mr Mwilapwa explained that they had already requested relief food from the central government. “The District needs 10,000 tons of grain but we have so far received 350 tons during the first phase and 200 tons in the second consignment.”

The District Commissioner, requested all residents of Hanang’ to sell part of their livestock so that they could use the money to buy food.

The DC instructed local residents to grow crops that are resistant to harsh weather effects such as drought and diseases. These include cassavas, potatoes, millet and sorghum.