15 November 2008

Floods problems continue

Floods: Red Cross in rescue efforts
Posted Friday, November 14 2008 at 17:32

The Kenya Red Cross has launched rescue efforts to floods- hit areas of Nyanza and Western provinces. In Budalang’i, at least 2,000 people are trapped in flood waters in and rescue efforts to move them to safer grounds are underway, the Kenya Red Cross says. Kenya Red Cross is responding to flood disasters in Siaya, Budalang’i, Kisumu and Migori by supplying tarpaulins, kitchen sets, and mosquito nets, rolls of tissue papers, blankets and bars soaps. In partnership with the Government, the Society has distributed 1,000 bags of maize, 600 bags of rice, 100 bags of beans and 60 cartons of cooking oil in Budalang’i.

25,000 at risk as Tana swells
By NATION Team Posted Friday, November 14 2008 at 21:30
Panic has gripped residents of Tana Delta District after River Tana burst its banks on Thursday night, threatening more than 25,000 people. On Friday, area district commissioner Charles Monari mobilised the provincial administration and other government officers to tell people to move to higher ground as the situation became increasingly worrisome by mid-morning. “The river is swollen and in some areas it has started to breach the bank. We are facing eminent floods and we had to move in fast to avert any crisis,” said the DC. Mr Monari said that the district was experiencing only light rains currently but the heavy rains falling upcountry were responsible for the imminent flooding. All residents staying near river banks between Mnazini and Kilelengwani downstream were advised to move to higher ground immediately.

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