BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,4TH MAY 2018-Total of 112 people have lost their lives countrywide since the current heavy rains started pounding the country .According to Kenya Red Cross the deaths mainly occurred due to flooding that has hit many regions.
Kenya Red Cross society Secretary General Abbas Gullet says 260,200 have been affected in 32 counties ravaged by the floods.
The worst affected counties are Tana River, Kilifi, Kisumu, Mandera, Isiolo, Turkana, Marsabit, Makueni and Kitui.
“The numbers that we can report here is 112 people have lost their lives countrywide, acreage of land destroyed is over 21,000 acres in various parts of the country which had crops. Almost over 20,000 livestock have been washed away. 42 health facilities have also been affected by the floods in various parts of the country,” he said.
Abbas says the organization is trying to assist those affected in the priority areas of shelter, food, Health, water and sanitation
“The number of schools submerged are even over 100 and a number of them have become the IDP camps where people have taken refuge,” he stated.
According to Gullet, 42 Health facilities are still affected by floods and cannot be accessed.
He further added that the organization is trying to assist those affected in priority areas of shelter, food, Health, water and sanitation.
Counties where roads have been badly damaged include Turkana, Baringo, Tana River, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Marsabit which have been rendered impassable.
Since the floods menace hit the country, Red Cross has been able to rescue 556 individuals and to assist close to 90,000 people with food and non food items.
30,000 people were reached with essential health services and treatment of minor injuries.
Approximately 25,000 people were reached with clean water.
Gulet was Speaking during the launch of a Sh499 million emergency appeal to support affected families.