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Mandera begins flood assessment

Mandera County Friday begun a two day floods assessment campaign to ascertain the value of property destroyed.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba during the recent Mashujaa day celebrations estimated that over Sh2 billion property had been destroyed by the raging floods that have pondered the area for the past two weeks.

The semi-permanent river Daua burst its banks and crops of unknown value swept away by the raging waters.

The county speaker, Mohamed Adan Khalif who led the assessment team said the county government will initiate mitigation measures to cushion residents from the effects of floods.

Khalif said it was unfortunate the region was facing extreme effects of weather from a prolonged dry spell to floods.

A spot-check by KNA established that sections of dry weather murram roads in the region have been washed away, over 6,500 arable acres of crops destroyed, while over 30, 000 livestock have succumbed to cold weather related diseases.

A resident in the area Alhamdulilah Mohamed said the region is facing health challenges with cholera, diarrhea and malaria being on the rise.

“Accessibility to some health facilities has been cut off. I am call on the national government to compliment county government’s efforts in dealing with the adverse effects of the floods,” Mohamed said.

Meanwhile, thousands of cargo trucks ferrying goods to Mandera are stuck in Kuttollo Sub County due to impassable roads.

By Dickson Githaiga

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