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Eleven die in flood related incidents in Machakos

Eleven die in flood related incidents in Machakos


Machakos April 30,2024

KNA by Roselyne Kavoo

Eleven people have died in flood related incidents across Machakos county since the onset of the March-May rains.

According to a report released by the County Commissioner Josephine Ouko two people are missing and seven others are nursing injuries due to the floods.

Consequently 11,010 people have been affected by the floods out which 2,183 households have been displaced.

Athi River sub county was the hardest hit by the floods with over 2,100 households rendered homeless.

“528 households from Machakos subcounty have been displaced while an additional 117 others from Matungulu subcounty have suffered the same fate, “reads the report.

The report also indicates that 271 people are currently seeking shelter in two rescue centres in Athi River Primary School and Kinanie Health Centre.

Several roads across the county have also been rendered impassible and footbridges destroyed by the heavy rains.

Cases of crops swept by floods and houses collapsing have also been reported. Worst hit areas include Kangundo, Mlolongo, Kinanie and Yatta.

Several interventions have however been put in place to alleviate the suffering caused by the floods.

The National Government in collaboration with the County Government and other non-state organisations have provided food and non-food items to the affected persons.

The items include maize, beans, rice, cooking oil, food supplements, mattresses, sanitary towels and medicine.

“There is also integration of affected persons with relatives to offer them accommodation, “said the report.

Courtesy; KNA

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