Floods wreak havoc in Nyando district

Deputy President William Ruto loading relief food airlifted to affected families last month. Photo/FILE.

Deputy President William Ruto loading relief food airlifted to affected families last month. Photo/FILE.

NAIROBI Kenya May 12- The flood situation along the River Nyando Basin in Nyanza has worsened after the river burst its banks, displacing more than 1,000 people.

Three schools have been closed indefinitely after River Nyando burst its banks following heavy down pour that pounded most parts of Nyanza province last night.

Learning was paralyzed in Ahero Girls Secondary School, Kokwach Primary and Apondo Primary Schools after their classrooms, toilets and kitchen were submerged.

The Kisumu County Director of Education, Beatrice Adu said they decided to close schools to avoid a catastrophe.

Area District Commissioner, Isaiah Tanui says that more schools affected by floods are likely to be closed down due the situation because the environment is not conducive for learning.

Western Kenya Red Cross coordinator Emmanuel Owako said the situation was pathetic and their response was overwhelmed as they were faced with difficulties in ensuring the safety of the affected families.

In response to the floods, the Kenya Red Cross Western branch has organized a free medical camp for the displaced families as an outbreak of water borne diseases is imminent.

Heavy rains have continued to cause havoc in many parts of the country, including parts of Rift Valley, Nairobi, Central and Coast province.

Last month, the government said it had set aside Sh1.6 billion to mitigate the effects of floods and landslides following heavy rains across the country.

Deputy President William Ruto said Sh500 million will be used to repair roads which have been destroyed, Sh100 million for provision of food and clothes to affected families while Sh1 billion was set aside for emergency purposes.

“I want to assure Kenyans that we are putting everything in place to contain floods among other emergencies which might arise so as to eliminate guesswork,” Ruto affirmed.

Government statistics show that 63 people had been died as a result of floods across the country.