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Kenya: Dozens Uprooted From Homes as Rivers Swell From Enhanced Rainfall

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Dozens of families in the flood-prone Baringo South sub-county have been rendered homeless after their houses were submerged in water following a heavy downpour in the area.

The flash floods happened in Sintaan, Majindege and Loboi villages in after Perkerra and Loboi rivers burst their banks causing water to flow into adjacent homes.

Transport has been paralysed in Ilng’arua, Salabani, Ng’ambo, Sintaan, Ildepe, Lebunyaki, Leswa and Loropil and Majindege villages after roads were flooded while others were cut off completely.

Farmers in the affected villages are also counting losses after several farms under seed maize irrigation were water-logged.

Mary Lenaseku, a resident from Sintaan, said some locals are still pondering on their next move while some have been forced to seek refuge in people’s houses in higher grounds such as Marigat.

Ms Lenaseku raised fears of an outbreak of water-borne diseases in the area due to lack of clean water and poor living conditions.

Water-borne diseases

“We do not know where we will go after this. We are still pondering on the next move as the few items we salvaged from the submerged houses are now on the roadside. The situation is very bad as young children are the worst hit as they are beginning to contract common flu due to the biting cold,” said Ms Lenaseku.

“We call on the government and other well-wishers to come to our aid. I fear the children will suffer from water-borne diseases and cold especially during this rainy season. The whole place is wet and we even have nowhere to cook let alone sleeping.”

Loboi Sub-location chief Maureen Barmasai said more than five families in Majindege village have been displaced after Loboi River burst its banks, sweeping away more than five acres of land under maize irrigation downstream.

“Farmers who depend on seed maize farming as their source of livelihood have incurred huge losses as some obtained loans to till the land. As we speak, the five-acre land with crops has been completely destroyed,” said Ms Barmasai.

“More homes adjacent to the river will be affected should the rains persist. We are appealing to locals in the lower villages to move to safer areas to avert more disasters,” she added.

The affected locals complained that they have been displaced by floods over the years but little has been done by the government to end the perennial menace.