Floods continue to wreck havoc in the country as hundreds are displaced in Mandera

Floods continue to wreck havoc in the country as hundreds are displaced in Mandera

BY CORRESPONDENT,MANDERA,29TH APRIL 2018-Heavy rains being experienced in many parts of the country have led to untold suffering to many people  after floods displaced hundreds of people in mandera.One person has also been confirmed dead .It is estimated that  at least 2,050 households have been  affected by flooding in Mandera South Sub-County as a result of the ongoing heavy rains.

According to  Adawa Haji Ahmed a chief officer with the Mandera County government said El Wak town remains the most affected area with 1,500 households flooded.

“We just concluded assessing the situation in Mandera South and El Wak is leading with other areas like Golicha, Fincharo, Borehole11 and Bula-afya also suffering,” said Mr Ahmed.

He said the one death was reported in Ethole, bringing the total number of deaths in the county to three.

A week earlier, two children were washed away by raging floods in Mandera town.

One body was recovered and the search is still on for the second body believed to have been washed into a swollen River Daua.

“Most of the houses in these areas are submerged in water but our team from the department of Roads and Public Works are on the ground for emergency intervention,” he said.

Mr Ahmed said already, a plan is underway to supply food and non-food items to the affected people now in camps.

“We shall be dispatching food and non-food items including mosquito nets, mattresses, among other things to these areas,” he said.

He has asked locals living along the river banks in Mandera to move to safer grounds early enough as the river showed signs of bursting.

“Heavy rains in the Ethiopian highlands are causing the river to flood on our side and we are appealing to those near to move to avoid a disaster,” he said.

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