DISPLACED

Githunguri flood victims appeal for help

Underground water has flooded seven acres, displacing 14 families

In Summary

• The families from Mitahato village said they reported the matter to the authorities but no help has come their way.

• The water from underground has formed a mini lake and is occupying over seven acres.

Residents of Mitahato village in Githunguri subcounty count losses after underground water flooded their homes
DISPLACED: Residents of Mitahato village in Githunguri subcounty count losses after underground water flooded their homes
Image: /STANLEY NJENGA

Fourteen families in Githunguri subcounty are calling for help from national and county governments after water seeped from the ground and flooded their homes.

The families from Mitahato village said they reported the matter to the authorities but no aid has come their way.

The water from the ground has formed a mini lake and spread over seven acres.

 

“It started like a spring before it flooded our houses within two weeks,” resident Peter Njuguna said.

Resident Veronica Njambi said the area has never flooded, and they were shocked by the occurrence.

“We lost animals and crops as we could not save them. Now we are homeless, and we are forced to seek refuge in well-wishers houses,” she said.

Residents said the water could cause more destruction since it is increasing by the day.

They said they dug trenches to channel the water into a river over 10 kilometres away, making roads in the area impassable.

Peter Njuguna a resident of Mitahato village in Githunguri subcounty shows the level of water which is occupying seven acres
CALL FOR HELP: Peter Njuguna a resident of Mitahato village in Githunguri subcounty shows the level of water which is occupying seven acres
Image: /STANLEY NJENGA
A boy watches as a man tests the depth of the water
FLOODING: A boy watches as a man tests the depth of the water
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“We had to find ways of redirecting the water before it wreaks more havoc," James Karanja said.

He said they fear contracting waterborne diseases because the cemetery in the area has also been covered by water.

 

Edited by A.N