The national and county governments have been urged to construct dams in Likuyani Sub county of Kakamega to control floods in the event of prolonged heavy downpour.
Speaking when he visited floods victims in Likuyani ward on Thursday, Shanice Foundation Chief Executive Officer Bright Lidaga said it was regrettable that most dams constructed during the colonial period have been neglected and no longer serve the intended purpose.
He said some of the dams have never been de-silted since they were constructed at independence and due to siltation they have disappeared.
The CEO added that some of the dams have been grabbed and converted into personal property.
He said it was high time the national and county governments thought of renovating all existing dams as well as construct new ones to check on the flow of water to avert the floods.
During the event, he donated an assortment of foodstuff and other basics to the victims who were displaced from their homes at Lupele village after Kipsangui stream bust its banks.
He also donated water cans and hand washing soaps to help the victims who are camping at PEFA and Joy Baptist churches to regularly wash their hands so as to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
“I urge you to adhere to other directives by the government while at the camp to ensure you do not get infected with the killer virus,” he said.
By Sammy Mwibanda