Nairobi flood victims receive Red Cross help

April 13, 2013 9:54 am


Motorists wade through a flooded street in Nairobi/XINHUA-File
Motorists wade through a flooded street in Nairobi/XINHUA-File
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – Nearly 300 residents in Langata constituency affected by floods due to the ongoing heavy rains received donations from the Kenya Road Cross on Saturday.

The floods affected 86 households in the area according to the area Red Cross official James Munyuo.

“The floods have caused a lot of human suffering that’s why we have come to distribute what they need most. We have blankets, water Jeri cans, bar soaps and mosquito nets,” Munyuo said.

While addressing the media after the distributions, he said the Red Cross had intervened because of the human suffering after their property was washed away by raging waters.

The area chief Richard Juma said the flooding was caused by drainage directed to the households with the current construction of the Langata bypass.

“This village has hard hit by these floods which has a lot of damages, but they are relieved after Red Cross came to their rescue,” Juma expressed.

He however said they were still cautious since the rains were still continuing.

“The victims are staying in the homesteads of those who are not affected,” he added.

Those who spoke to Capital FM News said they had great challenge in performing their day to day activities.

“We have been sleeping out in cold. All my property was carried away,” Maureen Achieng complained.

“I cannot even go to seek for employment opportunities since all my documents were swept away,” Benson Khaimba said.

Special Programmes Permanent Secretary Andrew Mondoh earlier on had said more than 2,000 people have been displaced across the country since the rains started three weeks ago.

Mondoh also had said that the government has spent more than Sh100 million to purchase food and other items for the displaced families and some Sh350 million has been set aside to repair roads damaged by the floods, including a bridge in Naivasha.

President Uhuru Kenyatta urged all ministries to pull resources together to curb any further loss of lives and destruction of property.


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