Kisumu, Tuesday April 17, 2018
The ongoing rains in various parts of Kisumu County have caused the displacement of over 3000 families so far.
Some 1313 families have been relocated to various rescue centers after their homes were flooded at midnight when they raised the alarm to guard against loss of lives and property.
Kisumu County Commissioner (CC), Pauline Dola who extensively toured the flood prone areas to assess the immediate needs said the most affected as residents of Obiayo, Kogalo, Achuodho and Kakola in Nyando and Muhoroni Sub-Counties.
Dola said the County security team and other government agencies will also tour Nyakach sub-county to ensure those affected get the necessary support while those marooned get relocated to the various rescue centers.
She disclosed at Ombeyi in Muhoroni that the government was already organizing to commence relief food distribution, Tuesday and was liaising with the county government to facilitate supply of anti malaria and other drugs for children and the sick in the rescue centers.
The CC called on Chiefs and their assistants to sensitize local residents to keep off flooded areas lest they get swept away, while those marooned should be evacuated to safer grounds and the designated rescue centers.
However, Dola said that so far there are no insurmountable challenges but even so, the county security team wants to remain proactive. At Kogalo, which the team toured there are plans to clear all the blocked drainages and see to it that residents have adequate toilet facilities.
She urged Chiefs and their assistants to closely monitor the relief food distribution to ensure none is left in the stores.
Dola explained that they now request for food on a need basis but will always request for more if more victims get displaced as the rainy season persists.
The CC assured Kisumu residents that they will liaise with the Ministry for Special Programmes to ensure each Sub-County gets the necessary assistance as requested by the respective Deputy County Commissioners.
Man’s best friend (the dog) couldn’t be left behind even during flood situation. This young man confirmed the longstanding belief by carrying along his most valued property, the dog and an African stool even as he waded through the deep waters of River Nyando after it broke the banks last night.