Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman has joined the growing list of leaders from Garissa and Tana River counties appealing for humanitarian assistance for flood victims.
Last week Bura MP Ali Wario and Garissa deputy governor Abdi Dagane made similar appeals to corporate entities, persons of goodwill and non-governmental organizations to donate funds and other material support for the victims.
Speaking today in Mansabubu centre when he donated an assortment of food items that included rice, cooking oil, dates and hand sanitisers to his constituents displaced by floods Osman said that priority was being given to victims residing in urban areas.
He said several rural villages along river Tana that burst its banks two weeks ago displacing thousands of families, were equally affected.
Osman said that in his constituency more than 500 families have been affected by the floods.
“We need to feed the vulnerable members of our society during this holy month especially now that we are faced with even more hardship because of Covid-19 and the floods. I am appealing to the authorities, NGOs and other well-wishers not to forget these groups when they are making donations,” Osman said.
The MP said that majority of victims who reside along the riverine practice irrigation farming and as a result have suffered double tragedy.
“Apart from being displaced, the farmers are also counting loses since their crops were swept away and farm equipment either destroyed or also washed way,” he said.
According to the Kenya Red Cross more than 3,000 households have been affected by the floods in Garissa County.
Speaking to KNA on phone, the organization’s North Eastern regional head Mohamed Abdikadir said that Red Cross is distributing non-food items to the affected families in Garissa, Ijara, Fafi, Balambala and Dadaab sub counties.
Last week, Garissa deputy governor Abdi Dagane said the county had enlisted 10,000 vulnerable households that would be supported with relief food supplies during the holy month of Ramadhan.
By Jacob Songok