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Nakuru flood victims cry for help as lake waters keep rising

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The government has been urged to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of floods occasioned by the rising lakes in the larger Rift valley region.

Thousands of residents living around water bodies in the region are said to have been displaced, disrupting a number of socio-economic activities.

David Kahoro, one of the displaced residents, said more than 350 families had lost their livelihoods with more than 151 displaced adding that action has to be taken to alleviate the situation.

Speaking while receiving food donations from the Rotary Club of Nakuru and Gilani’s Supermarket, Kahoro noted that their pleas to the government for assistance have been unsuccessful.

Residents receiving food donations from the Rotary Club of Nakuru and Gilani’s.

Another resident, Lucy Muthoni, said access to basic needs has been a challenge to many since the displacement, adding that families are struggling to feed their children.

Muthoni says they have already lost three mothers to depression, as their lives are totally affected, and are forced to live in temporary camps.

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At least 175 families benefited from food hampers to cushion them for one month.

“We would like the situation to rectify itself but if it continues, we shall go on with our support to the families,” said Gilani’s Supermarket communication officer Fayaz Khan.

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Joab Okello from Rotary Club of Nakuru called on the government and well-wishers to step in and aid the families with basic needs.

An estimated 5,000 homesteads have been destroyed with at least 6,000-7,000 families forced to move in with friends or temporary camps according to a status report on rising lakes.

An estimated 5,000 homesteads have been destroyed by floods

In Lake Nakuru, 350 families have been displaced in Mwariki sub-location losing their livelihood. 3,087 people have been displaced in Baringo, while in Turkana-758 households have been affected.

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Facilities such as schools, hospitals, and hotels have also been destroyed. Cumulatively from March this year, 400 people have died in floods-related incidents across the country.

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