29 counties affected by floods as government pledge support

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa. Image|Courtesy

Devolution Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa has assured government support to the families affected by ongoing floods in the country.

He said that his ministry is working hand in hand with that of health, to ensure that the set health guidelines are followed to the latter, even in the affected areas.

“I would like to appreciate the ministry of health and the government on their efforts. I also call upon CS Kagwe and his people to move to the counties and see how we can engage and increase support in the fight against covid-19,” said CS Eugene Wamalwa.

Most parts of country have been experiencing heavy rains leading to flooding and landslides that have affected the livelihoods of residents.

Although the metrological department has shown the rains could reduce as from Friday, a number of families have been displaced with scores of lives lost.

Speaking on Wednesday during the daily covid-19 pandemic update, CS Wamalwa said the ministry has put in place measures to help the affected families.

“We are currently battling COVID-19 globally and here in the country some counties have been affected by the ongoing rains with some suffering landslide like in West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kipkelion among others. We have put measures in place to ensure we support all the affected families in over 29 affected counties. We have supplied 40,000 bags of rice and other non-food items as of today,” he added.

The CS further urged the counties to comply with the guidelines placed by ministry of health to ensure social distancing while distributing food to affected families.

“There are county protocols on how to distribute food to the affected families in which have been shared to ensure that measures to contain the virus spread are adhered to,” CS Wamalwa said.

The minister also confirming that up to 29 counties have been affected by floods, 116 lives lost due to floods and thousands of households displaced.

He called for further collaboration between the two ministries in the fight against coronavirus as the total number of cases in the country hit 384.

 

 

See also: Counties should set aside budget to mitigate disasters like drought, says Eugene Wamalwa

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