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Families displaced as Tana River bursts its banks following heavy rains

By Hussein Ahmed:

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Garissa County Commissioner James Kianda addressing stakeholders at a Garissa hotel on Tuesday.


Up to 1,000 people in Bakuyu location of Garissa County have been displaced after Tana River burst its banks following heavy downpours in the past week.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday after overseeing distribution of non-food items donated by the Red Cross to over 400 Bakuyu residents, Garissa County Commissioner James Kianda warned of more displacement if the rains do not subside in the coming days.

“We have received mosquito nets, blankets and other items but it’s not enough. We would like to appeal for more assistance from the government,” Kianda said.

The County Commissioner asked resident to be vigilant and move to higher grounds even as the government was putting in place measures to mitigate effects of the heavy downpour in the area.

“We have enough security personnel who will attend to those affected if the rains continue,” he said adding that the government will ensure there were no deaths as a result of the flooding.

County Governor Nathif Jama who also visited the area said that his administration has mobilized resources to cushion area residents against widespread effects of the heavy rains.

“We have supplied enough drugs to Sub-county hospitals and dispensaries to ensure affected families get timely medical attention” he said.

The County government has announced setting aside 50m for emergency response after the meteorological department warned of the impending El-nino rains.


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