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Government to assist families displaced by floods

The government has moved in to map areas most affected by the ongoing rains with a view of assisting hundreds of families displaced by the floods.

Already, West Pokot, Nyatike, Bundalangi, Tana River and parts of Siaya have been identified as the hardest hit by the ongoing rains.

The mapping comes at a time more people continue to lose their lives and livelihood due to the rains that have also displaced hundreds of families mainly in Nyanza and Western Kenya.

According to Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna, the rains have left a trail of destruction leaving hundreds homeless.

He was however quick to note that the State was keen to support those affected while at the same time calling on the families in the flood-prone areas to relocate to higher grounds.

“We have embarked on the process of mapping the areas affected by the rains and identifying the projects damaged by the floods,” he said.

This emerged when Oguna and senior government officers moved in to inspect works on Moi South Lake Road in Naivasha which has also been affected by the floods.

He termed the road as very critical to the economy as it led to tens of flower farms, hotels, geothermal wells and various tourist destinations.

“This is a critical road that has been under rehabilitation by the government at a cost of over Ksh 390 million and we are happy with the works done,” he said.

Oguna in addition said that the government was keen to invest in capital infrastructure projects in various parts of the country.

“One of the main incentives for investors is transport and the government is currently undertaking the rehabilitation of several roads across the country,” he said.

This was echoed by Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui who noted that Naivasha had benefited from several capital projects.

He identified the Industrial park in Mai Mahiu, the ongoing works on Kinamba-Njabini road and the Longonot meter-gauge railway line as some of the key projects around the lakeside town.

“The government has invested heavily in Naivasha which is now turning out to be a hub of business and tourism activities,” he said.

On his part, Engineer Johannes Obwocha from KERRA said that they were seeking lasting solutions on flooding along the busy Moi South Lake Road.

“Currently we have done over 19km of this road and the remaining section will be completed in a matter of weeks,” he said.

By: KBC

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