Devolution Ministry in fact finding mission on families affected by rains

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Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa (centre) leads in the exercise of distributing food to victims of landslides in Kenol area of Murang’a county on Monday May 18, 2020.
Photo by Bernard Munyao.

The government has since April to date spent Sh1.3 billion to support families affected by numerous disasters occasioned by heavy rains.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has said since onset of long rains, about 800, 000 people have been affected either by landslides or floods caused by heavy downpour, experienced in several parts of the country.

Speaking when he visited Murang’a county Monday, Wamalwa said part of the money was used in purchasing food and other essential items for families who lost their property due the floods.

The CS noted that the most affected counties include Murang’a, Elgeyo Markwet, West Pokot, Baringo, Tana River and some parts of western region of Kenya.

Wamalwa said that his ministry has deployed teams to assess the destruction caused by ongoing rains saying more funds will be used to support the affected.

 “The rains are still going on and from information from weatherman it’s likely they will continue pounding parts of the country till June,” he said.

“In some parts like West Pokot, we were forced to put up some houses after their homes were badly hit by landslides,” added Wamalwa.

 The CS was on a fact finding mission on the rate of destruction caused by landslides which have affected several parts of Murang’a county.

Accompanied by several legislators from the county, he flagged off 1, 000 bags of rice to support victims of floods and landslides in the region, where 253 households with family members totaling to 1, 194 had their homes and farms destroyed.

In Kariara area of Gatanga sub county, a family lost its two-acre piece of land to landslide as other eight families were left counting losses after their tea bushes were destroyed.