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Saturday, June 24, 2017

200 displaced, crops ruined as River Nyando banks burst

Residents rescue a woman who was almost swept away by floodwaters.
Residents rescue a woman who was almost swept away by floodwaters.

More than 200 farmers have been displaced and crops destroyed after heavy rains caused floods in Kisumu county on Monday night.

Muhoroni subcounty commissioner Solomon Abuaku said the River Nyando burst its banks.

He said the floods extended to Nyalenda, Orage Kolang’, Simbi and Sialo villages, making roads impassable.

“Farmers and residents were marooned by the raging floods, which also destroyed more than 800 acres of rice and yam,” Abuaku said.

He said the floods destroyed sugar cane plantations in Ombeyi location.

“At least 300 acres of mature rice, 180 acres of immature rice, 40 acres of yam and 300 acres of sugar cane were destroyed by the floods. This is a big blow to the farmers,” Abuaku said.

He said they have mobilised county security teams, officers from the Kenya Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies to evacuate residents.

Abuaku urged farmers to move to higher ground to avoid disaster.

Speaking to the Star, Muhoroni county commissioner Joseph Elung’ata said two bulls were found dead in Chemelil.

He said the cause of death has not been established.

“We will find out whether it was a result of the floods or somebody deliberately killed the animals and dumped them here,” Elung’ata said.

Resident Susan Migigo said her chickens were swept away.

She urged the government to help them.

Heavy rains have caused damage in other parts of the country.


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