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29 families evacuated amidst fear of landslide

At  least 29 families consisting 150 people have been evacuated from Nyamworoba village, Sensi Ward in Kisii County following looming signs of land slide in the area.

The  residents in the affected 1 square km area have been moved to the nearby Nyamworoba Primary and Secondary Schools in the exercise witnessed  by the  Kisii County Commissioner (CC), Stephen Kihara, the Geologist, John  Manyara and area MCA, Paul Angwenyi.

Manyara  described the situation as emergency and urged the residents to cooperate in a bid to save their lives and livestock.

He noted that the land had sunk 2 feet deep and had started sliding owing to the current torrential rains which have made soils heavy and could accelerate the movement.

Manyara  explained that this was the third time the calamity is being experienced in the area, after the initial landslides in 1946, followed by the one in 1968.

He said there were efforts by the Geological department headquarters to find out the causes and come up with a lasting solution for the area residents.

The  CC directed area chief and Deputy County Commissioner to supervise and ensure smooth evacuation, while the police conduct patrols in the area to safeguard any property left behind.

MCA Angwenyi lamented the losses experienced by residents in the areas that have developed cracks, including houses and food crop.

One resident, Andrew Nyangena said it was the second time he was witnessing the looming disaster, his house having sunk in the mud 10 years ago and his current one having developed cracks forcing him to move his family to Nakuru.

Gideon Ndege, another resident appealed to the government to assist the affected families with basic needs to enable them cope with the situation as a solution is being found.

By  Jane Naitore/Clinton Nyamumbo

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