When Rain becomes a curse: People are dying in large numbers in Kenya due to floods
Posted by African Press International on May 14, 2012
<Grace Adhiambo reporting from Kakamega, Kenya
How funny can this world be? Sometime back there was drought in most parts of the country. People died as a result of lack of water and food.
Pastrolists from Turkana and other parts of Kenya had to walk for long distance in search of water and food for their animals. We cannot help but hear that people are being carried away by water as a result of the heavy rain.
Kenya Red Cross Society says that at least 50 people have died from floods since March. Transport in most parts of the country has been paralysed due to flooding.
A few days ago three people lost their lives when their vehicle was swept away around Ngong. The trio was driving past the Kwekwe river bridge in Nkoroi. According to the area residents the seasonal river had burst its banks giving room for water to flow on top of the bridge that had no rails.Innocent Kenyans are loosing their lives daily and seemingly nothing can be done. In Imenti central district, Meru county, a body of a man who drowned in river Kwetu, Gaitu location was recovered.
The river does not have a bridge so residents have to step on stones to enable them cross the river. The man was carried by water as he was stepping on the stones. The residents of Kariobangi South, Nairobi are at a greater risk of contracting cholera because the area is now covered in sewerage water. The flood mixed with sewage water exposing the residents to diseases like cholera.
When the rains started their were celebrations everywhere as Kenyans had been eagerly waiting for the rains. The floods recently swept away more than 300 acres of paddy rice in Mwea Irrigation Scheme. This occurred after the river Murubara burst its banks sweeping away the rice.
A number of our learning institutions have not resumed studies because of the floods. This is because some schools have been flooded and classes completely destroyed.
Kibonjos primary school in Sacho, Baringo district was a victim after the administration block was also destroyed and documents with vital information lost.
Pupils in Rachuonyo north and Nyakach district cannot resume classes as their schools are camping sites for the displaced. Some schools are not in a position to reopen because floods cut off roads.
How does it feel when young citizens cannot get education because of floods? They are being denied a chance to learn like others thanks to poor management.
Traders in Narok have lost property estimated to be worth 200 million shillings to floods in the last three weeks. If nothing is done then Kenyans should expect the worst.
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