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Mandera Flash Floods Displace Over 50 Families

More than 50 families in Mandera County have been displaced by flooding from River Daya following heavy rainfall in neighbouring Ethiopia.

Anis Abdi, a Mandera resident said his family was awakened in the middle of the night by raging flood waters in their semi-permanent house.

Abdi said the flooding happened at 3 am on Saturday sweeping everything in the house including foodstuff and beddings but there were no fatalities.

Some of the areas submerbed by floods in Mandera following flooding of River Daua,
Photograph by Dickson Githaiga/KNA

Area Governor Ali Roba said the department of disaster management is on standby and closely monitoring the situation.

Roba noted the county is overwhelmed by the floods compounded with containing Covid-19.

The Governor noted the county has no helicopters for evacuation services for those who are severely affected by the flooding and appealed to the national government and NGOs to help in managing the situation.

Khalalio MCA Abdinoor Dakane called on both the national and county Government to move with speed and provide humanitarian assistance to affected families.

Abdinoor noted residents in the affected areas will face hunger as all crops have been washed away.

He said water borne diseases are likely to break out in the area and asked the Ministry of Health to help with mosquito nets.

By Dickson Githaiga

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