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Kenya: The Catholic University of Eastern Africa donates drugs worth Ksh 210.000 to help flood victims in Kisumu County

Posted by African Press International on May 15, 2013

  • By: Maurice Alal, API – Kenya

A great gesture of good-will for the benefit of flood victims has been realised. The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) has donated drugs worth Ksh 210,000 to for evacuation centers in Kisumu County where flood victims have been camping after floods invaded their homes.

The University’s Community Service Deputy Director Phyllis Gichimo who toured the area to assess the flood situation said they have provided the drugs to for evacuation centers in Kisumu County to assist the victims of floods who have been affected after the River Nyando burst its banks causing major floods in the areas.

The Centers are Sango Rota, Asawo Urudi, Gem Rae and Nyakwere all in Nyakach Constituency in Kisumu County.

She said about 1300 flood victims from the four evacuation centers have benefited from the program which is part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility.

The Kenya Red Cross Assistant Secretary General Emmanuel Owako said the situation had been overwhelming but they are monitoring it for any eventuality.

He said already teams were dispatched to the various evacuation centers where the society has donated food and other essential items to the flood victims.

Owako said the number of families who have been affected as a result of the flood is increasing in the region thus making the society to be overwhelmed in its volunteer work of helping the flood victims

Kisumu Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga who assessed the flood situation in the region said the County Government of Kisumu will work to ensure that the issue of flooding in the region is fully addressed.

She said the County Disaster Management Team will ensure the various regions within the county which are normally affected by the flood are looked into properly.

The flood situation in Kisumu County has led to closure of a secondary school in Nyando District making its nearly 1,000 students sent home as the floods continue to cause havoc in Western Kenya Region.

The Management of Ahero Girls Secondary School was forced to shut it down after River Nyando burst its banks and its waters submerged the institution.

The residents also said they lost many properties including livestock as a result of the floods.

 

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