The government in conjunction with the Kenya Red Cross is building 40,000 houses at a cost of Sh.1 billion for victims of flood across the country.
The Devolution and ASALs Cabinet Secretary (CS), Eugene Wamalwa who was speaking at Namanjala when he distributed iron sheets to flood victims said that the partnership will see flood victims get building materials to re-construct their houses that were destroyed by floods.
He gave out 800 iron sheets to 40 families each getting 20 iron sheets in Namanjalala over the weekend.
Among the affected counties that will receive government support include, Tana River, Busia, Trans-Nzoia, Makueni, Kitui, Wajir and Mandela
He said that the materials distributed to victims in Namanjala cost the tax payer Sh.800,000. He once more asked those affected to move to safer grounds to avoid further loss of lives and property.
The families that benefited were among the 400 people affected by floods last month when river Sabwani burst its banks.
According to the CS, the Ministry of Water has allocated Sh.20 million to support in constructing dykes along river Sabwani to help mitigate floods.
The CS who was flanked by the Kwanza MP, Ferdinand Wanyonyi and his Budalang’i counterpart, Raphael Wanjala said dykes and dams will offer lasting solution to floods in the country.
By Pauline Ikanda