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Thousands displaced by floods

At  least 5, 000 people have been displaced and properties worth millions of shillings lost to floods in Trans  Nzoia County following ongoing heavy rains.

The  Kwanza Sub County is the worst hit with at least 1, 000 households affected by floods in different areas.

The  Kwanza Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Emanuel Ngala Mwachiro said the government in conjunction with  Kenya Red Cross  were assessing the situation and taking appropriate measures to help those affected.

It  was just  last  week  that the  Devolution and ASAL Cabinet Secretary (CS), Eugene  Wamalwa gave 800 iron sheets to 40 families to flood victims in Namanjalala.

The most affected areas include Namanjala, Kapomboi, Kobos and Kapkoi where people have moved to safer grounds to avoid causalities.

The  Namanjalala location Chief, Joab  Sambruma said that at least 4, 000 people have been affected in his location and 40 houses destroyed.

“The  Kenya Red Cross are already assessing the area and giving psycho social counseling to the affected victims,” he said.

In areas such as Kobos, the flooding was caused by water from Kobos Dam that burst its banks flooding lower areas of Sabwami A and B villages.

Speaking to KNA in Kobos, one farmer, Mary  Chepkosgei said that her maize that was ready for harvest had been swept away by floods.

The Devolution CS also disclosed that the government has set aside Sh.20 million to construct dykes in the region to find a lasting solution to flooding that has affected the area for a long time.

By  Pauline  Ikanda

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