Over 20 families in Lwandeti location, Matete Sub County have been rendered homeless after their homes were destroyed by heavy rains currently pounding the region.
The families have been forced to withstand chilly nights following the destruction of their homes, where most iron sheet roofs were completely torn apart.
According Rose Naliaka, one of the victims, irons sheets both on her main house and kitchen were torn into pieces by the windstorm and heavy downpour.
“ At first I thought it was only the main house that was affected and tried to run with my children to shelter in the kitchen only to find the situation even worse,” said Naliaka.
Another victim, Jotham Wanyama narrated how the hailstones caused holes in the iron sheets exposing his family to harsh conditions, forcing them to seek refuge in a neighbour’s house.
A 70-year-old woman Timinah Lusike was not spared either and had to persevere biting cold the whole night as she is sickly and could not manage to walk out to a safer place.
Another resident, Francis Wafula whose house is newly constructed was also destroyed even before he occupies it.
The incident has left tens of residents nursing injuries especially on the heads after being hit by falling objects.
The most affected villages include, Mwilolo, Marrum and Lunywenywe in Lukhokho community area where close to 250 members of these families have been affected with property worth millions of shillings destroyed.
Farmers are also counting loses after crops in their farms were completely destroyed and dozens of livestock killed by the hailstones
The victims are now appealing to the County government of Kakamega and the national government as well as other emergency agencies to come to their aid.
By Sammy Mwibanda