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Kisumu County Collaborates with Partners to Aid Flood-Affected Families

Kisumu County Collaborates with Partners to Aid Flood-Affected Families

Kisumu,

Saturday, May 4, 2024

KNA by Robert Ojwang’

Kisumu County Government in partnership with the Safaricom Foundation and Kenya Red Cross Society has distributed family relief kits in the continuing effort towards supporting vulnerable households affected by floods in Nyando Sub-County.

At least 14,060 individuals in the lakeside County have been affected by the floods forcing them to evacuate their residences.

The floods were triggered by heavy rains causing an overflow into Lake Victoria leading to a backflow of water that submerged the locals’ homes.

In response to this crisis, Kisumu County Government’s Department of Special Programmes and Disaster Management in collaboration with partners and the National Government Administrative Officers (NGAOs), organised a food distribution initiative at Nduru Secondary School in Kadibo Sub County on Friday.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager at Kenya Red Cross, Venant Ndighila noted that the collaborative effort aims to alleviate the immediate hardships faced by affected families and contribute to their recovery from the devastating impact of the floods.

During the distribution exercise, 442 households from the Kadhiambo area were provided with essential food items including maize flour, salt, green grams, and cooking oil.

Plan International also donated two mobile toilets to promote hygiene at the evacuation centres.

The Chairman of the Safaricom Foundation, Joseph Ogutu, highlighted the importance of collaboration and taking a proactive approach to offering aid and support to communities in distress, especially as they navigate the aftermath of the floods.

The County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Public Service, County Administrations, and Participatory Development, Mrs Judith Oluoch, issued a plea to the community members urging them to relocate to safer areas to mitigate the risk of additional flood damage.

Meanwhile, Governor Anyang Nyong’o on Wednesday issued an appeal to people of goodwill and well-wishers to contribute food, non-food items, and funds to enhance the support efforts for the displaced families.

“We appeal to well-wishers to come and help us assist these displaced families. Anyone with food and nonfood items should contact the CECM for Public Service, County Administration and Participatory Development,” he appealed.

Courtesy; KNA

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