Two die of cholera as floods rage

Thursday May 27 2010

By NATION Team

Two people are said to have died of cholera in Turkana South District as floods continue to displace thousands of families in the country.
The Provincial Administration and medical personnel blamed the deaths, which occurred at Kainuk Division, on poor hygiene.

Scores of others have been admitted to Ortum Mission Hospital in West Pokot and Lodwar District Hospital while some have been treated and discharged at Kainuk health centre following an outbreak of the disease four days ago.

“A team of medical personnel has been sent to the area,” Turkana South DC Joseph Kanyiri said.

Headache

Mr Kanyiri said the victims complained of vomiting, diarrhoea and headache.

Elsewhere, more than 100 families have been displaced at Kokani Village in Garsen after River Tana burst its banks.

According to the Kenya Red Cross Society’s communication officer, Ms Nelly Muluka, 145 other families were also uprooted at Korolathe Village.

Ms Muluka also said that thousands of families are at risk in North Eastern Province as River Dauwa continues to swell following heavy rains in Ethiopia.

In Baringo, more than 200 families were left homeless yesterday after a storm ripped off the roofs of their houses.

Robert’s Camp Resort in Kampi Samaki area incurred huge losses following the incident. The resort’s supervisor, Mr Moses Chebii, said 18 tourists escaped death narrowly after a tree fell on their vehicle.

Villagers, led by councillor Richard Kambala, appealed for humanitarian assistance from the government and other well-wishers.

Meanwhile, Kenya and Japan are in talks to improve early flood warning systems through the use of satellites.

The Water Resources Management Authority chief executive officer Philip Olum said that once an agreement is struck, boosters will be set up in Nairobi to monitor weather patterns in the country.

Reports by Barnabas Bii, Wycliffe Kipsang’ and Ouma Wanzala