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Friday, May 26, 2017

Lamu families left in the cold after floods sweep away homes

Floods in Kiunga Lamu.Hundreds have been rendered homeless./CHETI PRAXIDES
Floods in Kiunga Lamu.Hundreds have been rendered homeless./CHETI PRAXIDES

Many families in Lamu East have been left homeless after floods caused by heavy rains swept away their homes.

The 500 residents from Kiunga, Bonini and Marerini have set up temporary shelters after their houses were destroyed.

Lamu East subcounty administrator Shee Kupi yesterday said 70 houses have been swept away following the downpour since Monday.

Kupi said a team from the Kenya Red Cross Society, the National Disaster Management Authority and the county government is assessing the situation and offering aid to the affected residents.

Lamu Red Cross coordinator Kawthar Alwy said they have distributed water purification kits to avert outbreaks of diseases.

Mohamed Sharif of Kiunga Conservancy said plans should be made to direct rain water into the Indian Ocean.


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