Several schools failed to reopen for the second term yesterday due to the heavy rains that have been pounding various parts of the country. Many of the students could not access schools because they were stranded in makeshift camps after they were displaced by floods.
A spot check by People Daily showed that some schools were submerged in flood water or the roads to the institutions are impassable. The worst affected counties are Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu where more than 25,000 pupils are said to be affected.
Devolution Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa who is in Marsabit, said the national government is working with county governments to deliver humanitarian help to people affected by floods. Wamalwa said the government has enough food for those who are in need of assistance.
“The national government is cooperating with county governments to ensure those affected get help on time,” he said. In Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu counties 70 schools had been destroyed, according to authorities.Ten schools were swept away in Tana Delta when River Tana broke its banks.
Deputy headteacher of Kongowea Primary School Rick Ngala said that out of the 1,700 pupils, only 70 had reported on the first day for the second term. In Lamu, more than 3,000 people have been rendered homeless after their houses were swept away by floods.
Lamu County Deputy Commissioner Louis Rono said the most affected are people who live near River Tana. In Baringo South, hundreds of families have been displaced by floods while many schools could not reopen. In Kajiado more than 200 households displaced in Pakaase village, Magadi by floods have been flown to safer areas by the Red Cross, Governor Joseph Ole Lenku said.
In Kirinyaga county, Ng’othi, Ciiagini, Nyaga and Ciagiini primary schools in Mwea were flooded. In Kisumu county at least 2,000 people have been displaced by the floods with 22 schools in Nyando sub-county affected.
Speaking when he toured areas affected by the floods yesterday, Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju pledged assistance for the affected. “We will provide food to those who have been displaced until the situation improves,” said Tuju.