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State intensifies relief efforts in flood-hit areas

The government has intensified relief food distribution efforts in Migori County to help those who are currently affected by floods.

Migori County is one of the 38 counties declared by the state to be within the “alarm stage” in the wake of heavy rains across the country.

Speaking on Monday during the relief food distribution to the 1,542 affected families in Angugo Village, North Kadem-Nyatike Sub County, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu said that the government will continue to support those affected by floods with foodstuffs and other necessities like blankets, mosquito nets, and mattresses.

Some of the floods affected families receiving relief food at Angugo Village-North Kadem-Nyatike Sub County. Photo by Geoffrey Makokha

So far, 26 schools in Nyatike Sub County have been affected by the floods, and according to Machogu, the Ministry will continue to monitor the schools to assess their status before the school calendar resumes in January.

He also promised the parents that the government was doing all it could to ensure that National Government Constituencies Development Fund (NG-CDF) monies were released in time to cushion those students who rely on scholarships and bursaries from the CDF kitty.

Machogu also affirmed that the government has so far employed 56,750 teachers and added that the state will continue to employ more teachers next year to reduce the teacher-student ratio gap and streamline the education sector.

Migori County Commissioner David Gitonga promised that the government would keep supporting the affected flood victims across the county, urging the residents to take the necessary precautions to avoid deaths and personal harm.

Gitonga also said that the dykes along the Kuja River will continue to be monitored, as well as those of the Lower Kuja Irrigation Scheme, to evade any possible floods in the lower Nyatike area.

Early this month, one person died when a boat carrying six miners capsized in the river Migori at Matanda, while five others perished at Aneko Beach in Nyatike constituency in flood-related incidents.

Last month, the county government also issued foodstuffs, medical supplies, and household equipment to those affected by floods in Konyango, Kabuto, and Modi villages in the Nyatike constituency.

The CS was accompanied by Uriri Member of Parliament Mark Nyamita, Rongo MP Paul Abuor, and Suba South MP Caroli Omondi.

By Geoffrey Makokha

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