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Displaced flood-victims seek shelter in school.

Thirty-seven families are camping at St. Joseph’s secondary school at Shibale in Mumias following heavy rains that saw river Nzoia burst its banks and overrun surrounding farms and homesteads.

The displaced families however are hoping to go back to their homes after the water level in the river started going down to the normal flow while water-logged farms and homesteads are drying up.
Mumias West Deputy County Commissioner Peter Thiongo has thanked all well- wishers who have come out to support the families and at the same time appealed for more support for the flood victims.
Mr Thiongo who was speaking in his office said that Public Health officials in the area were closely monitoring the hygiene in the school to avoid the likely outbreak of water bone diseases.
He asked the families camping at the school to utilise facilities at the school with caution and avoid unnecessary damage to school property to save the school expenses for repairs.
Early this month River Nzoia broke its banks at Shibale and drenched the farms and homes nearby.
The bridge at Mayoni which connects Mumias, Bungoma and Busia Counties which has since been repaired was also damaged and closed for three days.
Travelers had to go an extra 30km from the bridge to access Mumias town from Bungoma and Busia.
During the period Public Service Vehicles increased the fares by Sh100.

By Catherine Nyongesa

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