As the nation struggles to defeat a deadly pandemic Coronavirus, another natural discourse is taking shape.
Floods as a result of heavy rains have continued to cause havoc across the country.
In Bungoma county Nzoia River has burst its banks and destroyed crops, submerged houses and caused a lot of havoc in Mitua/Soysambu ward.
Area MCA Stephen Wafula is appealing to the county special programs and emergency response team to rush with speed and help the affected families.
“Am appealing to the emergency response team in the special programs department to help my people they are suffering very much, they never rescued anything as they rushed into safer grounds, they need food, shelter and other basic human needs for survival,” said the ward leader.
The same river has burst its banks in Maraka ward, Webuye East constituency causing more havoc following the heavy rain currently pounding the region.
Residents have been forced to find shelter in Webuye town which is their safer area.
One of the victims from Nabuyole river bridge Thomas Wanyonyi says that once Nzoia bursts its banks its more dangerous to its close residents hence they are forced to rush to higher grounds for safety.
Area MCA Ali Machani Mutoka has called on the county government to move with speed and save his people.
“They are many and in state of confusion, they don’t have shelters and food to feed their children, they need to be assisted to stop more deaths,” he said.
In Chesikaki Ward of Mt Elgon constituency, area residents of Chemondi, Kabero and other slopy areas have sought help in higher areas following the landslide associated with heavy rains.
Stanley Kibet says that the landslide had destroyed houses and changed the landscape from its original order hence causing more havoc.
“Heavy rocks are rolling down the lower areas and they can be more dangerous to humanity, am asking the county government and Red Cross organization to move with speed and address this challenge, we have lost quite a number of our farm produce hence we are living in penury,” he said
River Malakisi in the border of Bungoma and Busia counties has also swollen to the brink and has caused panic amongst its residents.
Transport and communication links has been cut and destroyed hence paralyising everything.
Abdul Juma, an area resident says that Malakisi river has destroyed Malakisi bridge which connects Malakisi town and Sango market in Bungoma county.
“The bridge was constructed by the military officers who were hunting down the dreaded Sabaot Land Defence Force militiamen in 2007 where it’s ring leader Wycliffe Matwakei was gunned down but it has broken it’s rails and its now caving in following the heavy downpour, we can’t cross to either side,” said Abdul.
In Bumula Ward, over eighty families are living in fear after their houses got submerged in flood water.
Area MCA Humphrey Sifuna has called on Bungoma county government emergency response committee to move with speed and rescue the victims.
“Houses, crops and everything is submerged, these people are in dire need of food, housing and medication, they are real suffering, this mother nature is too much on us,” said Sifuna.