Infrastructure hampers Kenya rescue efforts

April 7, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 7 – The Kenya Red Cross Society is yet to provide relief supplies in some parts of the Tana delta which are worst hit by the ongoing torrential rains.

Spokesperson Titus Mung’ou told Capital News that this was due to destruction of the entire road network and 88 families were yet to be accessed.

Mr Mung’ou said about 15,000 people in the delta had been displaced and were in dire need of relief aid.

“Even access by four wheel heavy vehicles has been a problem and we are using what we call M6 trucks to take food to the deep areas but as it is some areas are yet to be reached and are completely inaccessible,” he said.

He said in North Rift region especially Turkana and Turkwell; there were fears of possible waterborne disease outbreaks.

National Disaster Operations Centre Deputy Director Colonel Joseph King’ori told Capital News that efforts were being made to ensure people who had been cut off by the floods were given the necessary assistance.

“We are awaiting response from the Office of the President on whether we can get a helicopter to supply the aid,” he said.

Colonel King’ori said a response plan was in place to respond to the situation adequately.

“People need to be sensitised because that is the most important thing and that is why we are sending our teams to various areas where we think there will be more effects of the floods so that they can be informed as early as possible,” he said.

“Also in areas where we think there could be landslides we are sensitising people,” he added.

He said Mandera was also at risk of being cut off by the floods.

According to the Kenya Red Cross, eight people have already died during this month as a result of flood related incidences.


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