Kenya has been experiencing heavy rainfall for two months now from April to March 2020. This havoc rainfall has triggered flooding, mudslides and road destructions in Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley counties. According to data from Kenya Red Cross So...
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Kenya has been experiencing heavy rainfall for two months now from April to March 2020. This havoc rainfall has triggered flooding, mudslides and road destructions in Nyanza, Western and Rift Valley counties.
According to data from Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), 32,000 people have been rendered homeless since March 2020, and 29 deaths reported in Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot regions as of April 28th, 2020.
The displaced families are currently seeking refuge from the neighboring communities while some in temporary evacuation centers as they await the government directive. Aside from the heavy rainfall impacts, the victims have to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. This displacement is preventing residents from observing physical and social distancing, exposing them to the risk of Corona Virus and water-borne infections.
In the Western part of Kenya, more than a thousand families are reported homeless after Lake Victoria shoreline overflowed, causing flooding in some Nyando and Kisumu homesteads.
Kisumu county governor Anyang’ Nyong’o says in a statement that,
"Kisumu County and the nation at large is facing probably the most trying time of our independence history," Governor Nyong'o states.
"Never before have we had to deal with multiple disasters at the same time with far-reaching effects on populations as we do today. Indeed this is unprecedented," the governor further adds.
The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) forecasted the heavy rainfalls of more than 30mm are expected to continue in the country with the Western, Nairobi, Coastal and Central regions likely to be most affected.
President Uhuru Kenyatta assured affected victims of government support and urged citizens to move to safer grounds.
"My Administration continues to make every effort to support affected families and communities across the country," says President Kenyatta.