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After drought comes floods and destruction in Kwale

At  least  200 people in Vumbu village, Msambweni Sub-county, have been hit by floods following heavy rains pounding Kwale  County since  last  week.

The  Kwale County Commissioner (CC),Karuku Ngumo said on Tuesday that the village had also been cut off from the rest  of  the county after its only bridge was damaged by the floods.

“It  is  true 200 villagers are affected after the rains  wreaked havoc in the village but the government has put in place the necessary interventions to alleviate suffering among the flood victims ,”  Ngumo said in Ukunda town.

He added that an emergency response team has already been dispatched to the affected area to assist the affected families.

He  said  the  team  comprising government  agencies and the Red Cross is already offering humanitarian aid to the victims.

Ngumo  said  Australian mining firm, Base Titanium, had also provided logistical support and its equipment to construct an alternative route as a temporary measure to ease communication in and out of the village before the bridge is restored.

He appealed to residents in flood prone areas of the county to take precautions to avert calamities warning that the rains could continue and cause more devastation.

The  rains have come as a great relief to locals who  have been suffering from the devastating  effects  of  a prolonged  drought.

By  James  Muchai

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