State will build dams to curb floods, Ruto assures

PD Team and DPPS @PeopleDailyKe

Deputy President William Ruto has said that the government will build dams to curb the flood menace that has led to deaths, displacement of people and destruction of property in some parts of the country.

 Speaking yesterday when he toured the flood-ravaged Tana River and Kilifi counties where he distributed relief food, Ruto said  the government will also assist the affected families with food, medicine and shelter.

He spoke even as the negative effects of heavy rains  continue to be felt.  A team of engineers from Kenya National Highways Authority and Elgeyo Marakwet county government took more than two hours to clear the busy route linking Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo that had been cut off from the rest of the country following mudslide occasioned by heavy rains on Tuesday night.

The busy highway was rendered impassable for more than 16 hours paralysing transport of goods and services after it was covered by huge boulders and soil at Kolol trading centre along Iten-Kabarnet, Iten-Eldoret route.

Elsewhere hundreds of people from 551 households in a village in Homa Bay county are camping at a primary school after their houses were flooded yesterday morning.

The families from East Kobala are camping at Kobuya Primary School in Rachuonyo North after their homesteads were flooded following heavy rains being experienced in the country. Homa Bay County Commissioner Irungu Macharia blamed the families for defying orders to migrate to safer grounds.

In Murang’a more landslides were reported  following the heavy rains which pounded the area over the past two days.  

About 11  landslides were reported in parts of Kiruri, Karurumo, Kayu, Gitugu,Ichichi, Kihoya and Wanjerere in upper Kangema where huge chunks of tea plantations were destroyed.

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