UNTIL FLOODS SUBSIDE

Garissa flood victims warned against returning home

State to take action against people found violating the directive

In Summary

• At least 194 people had been killed by floods countrywide as of May 6.

• Communities in flood-prone areas told to wait for the floodwaters to subside before they can return and restart their lives.

Garissa subcounty deputy county commissioner Samuel Njuguna on Monday
WARNING: Garissa subcounty deputy county commissioner Samuel Njuguna on Monday
Image: /STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Flood victims in Garissa have been warned against returning to their homes and farms until the crisis ends.

Deputy county commissioner Samuel Njuguna said on Monday that the government would take action against individuals who would be found violating the directive.

He spoke at the Garissa children’s home after donating relief hampers from Unicef to benefit at least 800 children from vulnerable families that were displaced by the floods in Garissa. The hampers contained soap, sandals, underwear, T-shirts, toothpaste, clothes, sanitary towels and portable solar lamps.

 

Some 2,400 families have been displaced in Garissa.

 
 

Njuguna gave the example of 70 farmers in Raya who were rescued on Sunday by the county and subcounty security team. He said the farmers had on several occasions been rescued by the Kenya Red Cross, but they kept on returning to their farms against the advice of the government.

“Flood menace continues to be a big issue in our county. We are frustrated by some households who, after being evacuated, keep on turning back and later are marooned by floods,” Njuguna said.

He told communities in flood-prone areas to wait for the floodwaters to subside before they can return and restart their lives.

“We are appealing to communities to obey government orders for their own safety. The floods will continue for some time,” the administrator said.

A beneficiary holds onto a relief hamper donated by UNICEF through the Children's Department.
SUPPORT: A beneficiary holds onto a relief hamper donated by UNICEF through the Children's Department.
Image: /STEPHEN ASTARIKO

“Let us safeguard our lives. We don’t want to lose a single life to the floods [in Garissa]. We are happy that no life has been lost.”

At least 194 people had been killed by floods countrywide as of May 6.

 

Njuguna said the government will continue to distribute food, mosquito nets, face masks and sanitiser as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the camps.

Garissa county director for special programmes Abdinoor ole Hussein said two more IDP camps could soon be opened to decongest seven existing camps – Young Muslims, ATC grounds, NEP technical, EKIP, Kazuku, Hyuga girls, Jaribu primary schools.

He said the new camps are meant to ensure social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

On sanitation, Hussein said Unicef and the Kenya Red Cross have been requested to provide mobile toilets because pit latrines are overstretched.

Edited by A.N