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Floods displace over 7000 families in Mandera

At least 7,539 families in Mandera are living in the cold after River Daua on the Kenya/ Ethiopia border burst its banks.

The flash floods from the Ethiopian highlands have swept crops on an expansive over 5000 acre land along the river banks.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba while giving a media briefing on Tuesday noted the county has moved from major disruption in food security that followed drought, floods, locust invasion, ban on travel into and out of Mandera and the month of Ramadhan.

The Governor said as a result food prices have gone up and almost tripled.

The county and national Government in conjunction with other development partners has embarked on relief food supply to families displaced by floods

The floods have further affected water supply system and paralyzed 19 water intake points impacting a total of 72,200 households.

The department of Water and Mandera Water and Sewerage Company are finalizing the damage assessment and are working on mitigation measures to restore water supply to these areas including Mandera town which is heavily populated.

The Governor has advised residents to move to higher grounds to avoid drowning.

Elsewhere, the confirmed Covi- 19 cases in Mandera have reached 14.

By Dickson Githaiga

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