Floods: Red Cross in rescue efforts

Friday November 14 2008

Some of the houses submerged by flood waters in

Some of the houses submerged by flood waters in Nyanza.  

The Kenya Red Cross has launched rescue efforts to floods- hit areas of Nyanza and Western provinces.

In Budalang’i, at least 2,000 people are trapped in flood waters in and rescue efforts to move them to safer grounds are underway, the Kenya Red Cross says.

Kenya Red Cross is responding to flood disasters in Siaya, Budalang’i, Kisumu and Migori by supplying tarpaulins, kitchen sets, and mosquito nets, rolls of tissue papers, blankets and bars soaps.

In partnership with the Government, the Society has distributed 1,000 bags of maize, 600 bags of rice, 100 bags of beans and 60 cartons of cooking oil in Budalang’i.

Among the villages affected in Budalang’i include: Mudembi, IhulaKhulundu,  Sivenje Igigo and Sikohe.

In Nyanza, floods in Siaya (Alego-Usonga) occurred after River Nzoia burst its banks for the first time since 1963. Uranga Division has been worst hit.

Floods have also swept through Migori District Makalda and Karungu areas of Nyatike Divison.

In Nyando District, floods hit Kokul and Kochieo villages of Kogwedhi Location.

The populations displaced by floods are hosted by their neighbours’. In Migori District, floods have affected 500 people although the water levels are subsiding.

No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.

In Nyanza Province, the water and sanitation facilities have been affected by floods.  This situation poses a danger of malaria, diarrhoea, helmynthiasis and skin infections.