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Floods displace over 300 people in Trans Nzoia    

At least more than 300 people have been displaced by floods in Trans Nzoia County following heavy rains that continue pounding countrywide.

Residents of Tembelela village in Namanjalala location in Kwanza Sub County told KNA that they woke up and found their houses filled with water yesterday.

The incident occurred after Water Resource Management Authority asked people in Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Busia and Bungoma to move to highlands following heavy rains in the region.

A resident of Tembelela village Eunice Nakhumicha told KNA that the rains started at around 11.30pm Thursday causing floods that displaced them.

“It was at around 12 midnight when I heard children cry out that water was flooding their room. I was shocked when I woke up to find our beddings socked in water,” she said.

The affected families spent the night in the cold and asked the government to intervene.

The residents also expressed fear of famine as their maize had been swept by the floods.

Jane Muna a teacher at Tembelela primary school told KNA that she had not reported to school given that roads were impassable and even the school compound was filled with water.

“The school compound is filled with water and we cannot access the school to prepare candidates for their exams,” she said.

Tembelela primary school has registered 30 candidates sitting for their KCPE exams this year but the situation at school is horrible for students to prepare for their exams, the pit latrines have been filled with water and there is fear of outbreak of water borne diseases.

Kwanza area Member of County Assembly (MCA) Ben Wanjala Mlipuko said that the floods have affected farmers given that most of them are yet to harvest their maize.

He asked the residents of Tembelela area to vacate and occupy market rooms as the he seeks alternative ways to solve the situation.

By Pauline Ikanda

 

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