In Summary

  • Over 70 houses, by Friday, had been swept away while more than 400 locals were left in the cold following the heavy downpour since Monday.
  • Kenya Red Cross Society Lamu branch Coordinator Kawthar Alwy said they had already water treatment in order to avert outbreaks of water borne diseases.

The county government of Lamu will use the Sh 6 million that had earlier been set aside as emergence fund to address current effects of the heavy rains that have been pounding the region for the past five days.

The money is targeted at tackling flooding, displacement of households, waterborne diseases, food decay and shortages amongst other calamities brought about by the rains.

Speaking to the Nation in Lamu on Friday, county acting chief officer in charge of Public Service Management and Administration Mr Salim Bunu said the county government of Lamu is prepared to face any challenges brought about by the heavy downpour.

So far over 70 houses have already been demolished in Kiunga and its environs with over 400 locals left to brace the cold following the heavy rains.

Mr Bunu said priority will be given to the people of Kiunga and other areas that had been affected by the rains.

He said the money will be used to purchase foodstuffs and drugs that will be used to treat waterborne diseases that are likely to arise during this time of heavy rains.

Mr Bunu said the county will also intervene and assist in reconstructing the structures that were swept away by floods in Kiunga and its environs.

“We had set aside Sh 6 million to address emergence issues including water-trucking during the drought season. We will now be forced to divert the cash into addressing effects brought about by the heavy downpour in various parts of Lamu County. We have already experienced floods in Kiunga and we will step in soon to assist the affected,” said Mr Bunu.

He said a team had already been formed and sent to the ground to assess the situation.

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