- The Assistant Chief of Kobala sublocation George Oburu expressed fears that the situation may get worse if heavy rains continue in the area.
- He said the situation will increase the number of families being displaced by floods.
The ongoing rains have displaced more than 350 families in Kobuya and Kobala locations in Wang-Chieng ward, Karachuonyo constituency.
The displacement came after River Miriu broke its banks in the area.
The affected families come from Konyi, Kalal, lower Kanyo and Kobuya West villages.
Other villages included Kasirawa, Konyango, Kawuor Agindo and Komenya.
At least 150 families who have been displaced in Kobuya location have been provided with a temporary camp site at Kobuya Primary School.
In Kobala, more than 200 families which have been displaced and are camping at Osodo Primary School.
The families homes were marooned by floods.
The Assistant Chief of Kobala sublocation George Oburu expressed fears that the situation may get worse if heavy rains continue in the area.
He said the situation will increase the number of families being displaced by floods.
“The number of the affected families is expected to increase as rains continue to pound this area. We’re asking people to move to the higher grounds,” Oburu said.
The families have also lost their food stuffs and other household items.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Kobuya location Chief Damianus Osano appealed for humanitarian aid for flood victims.
He said the families lost their valuables in the floods.
“Residents are appealing for governmental and non-governmental organisations to intervene by assisting the families with humanitarian aid,” Osano said.
Apart from foodstuffs, other humanitarian items needed are mosquito nets, water treatment chemicals and tents for accommodating the families.
There have been perennial floods in the area after every rainy season.
Aluora Makare organisation chairman Willis Omulo said residents have been calling on government to come up with long term solutions for perennial floods in the area.
He said river Miriu gets flooded during heavy rains because of prolonged siltation.
“Response is very expensive than preparedness in disaster situation like flooding. People should avoid deforestation to protect the environment,” Omulo said.
-Edited by SKanyara