Thousands seek food aid in floods crisis - Daily Nation

Thousands seek food aid in floods crisis

Tuesday May 22 2012

By SIMON SIELE [email protected] BY WYCLIFF KIPSANG [email protected]

More than 1,000 people are relying on charity after they were displaced by heavy rains that pounded Nakuru town last weekend.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) yesterday donated non-food items worth Sh800,000 to 1,289 people as the municipal council sought intervention from government agencies.

A KRCS official said the organisation was also conducting medical clinics in affected areas.

Through a World Bank-sponsored programme, the drainage system in Kaptembwa, Rhonda, Mwariki and Ponda Mali estates would be redesigned to avert flooding, he said.

Storm waters from hilly sections of Menengai and Milimani estates wreaked havoc in the lowland areas which bore the brunt of the poor drainage system.

At least one person died on Saturday while more than 60 houses and a primary school were submerged in flood waters.

Mayor Mohammed Suraw accused the Roads ministry of failing to plan for drainage systems while constructing roads.

“The disasters witnessed could be avoided if proper planning was done on the drainage system of the town,” said Mr Suraw.

In Marigat District, a 20-year-old woman is recuperating at Kabarnet District Hospital after a crocodile attacked her. The reptile had strayed in her flooded farm at Salabani.

Ms Winnie Keben, a mother of three, was wading across a flooded section of her field when she was attacked by the crocodile believed to have swam from nearby Lake Baringo.

Her husband, Mr Lemulel Keben, told the Nation that his wife had gone to the swampy area to fetch water. “I heard her scream and when I checked, I saw her being pulled in the water that was already bloody,” narrated Mr Keben.

He rescued his wife from the jaws of death after throwing some soil in the eyes of the reptile.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) warden in Baringo County William Kiptoo acknowledged that the transition from hot to cold season had fuelled human-wildlife conflict in the area.

“Changes in population dynamics in Lake Baringo and rise in water levels are complicating issues. The Mathenge weed is also choking the shores of the lake where crocodiles usually lay their eggs increasing their chances of coming into contact with human beings and livestock,” explained Mr Kiptoo.

And more than 10,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Salabani, Eldume, Ilng’arua and Ng’ambo locations after rivers Perkerra and Molo changed courses, diverting water into homesteads following a heavy downpour.

The torrential rains have affected education in the area with learning paralysed at Sintaan, Ng’ambo, and Loropil primary schools and Ng’ambo Secondary School.

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