Pain and misery as floods displaced families in Western Kenya

Mary Onyango, 53, a resident of Kochuodho village in Muhoroni, Western Kenya struggles to drain water from his single room house with a small container.floods
Onyango says since the rains started pounding the area a week ago, she has never known peace.
“Every night, I am forced to seek refuge in the church since my house is always submerged in water,” Onyango said at her house on Wednesday.
She is among 1,500 people who have been displaced by flash floods in the past one week in Muhoroni and other parts of Kenya.
As many other residents, she risks contracting waterborne diseases like typhoid because of lack of clean drinking water.
Joseph Okello, his wife and six children are camping at Apondo Primary School in Ahero sub county, Kisumu County after heavy floods swept their houses and their belongings.
“All my belongings have been swept away including five cows and 30 chicken. I’m left with nothing,” Okello said, who is among the 80 families camping at the school.
He said that the value of the livestock he has lost in floods amounts to U.S. dollars 329.
“My house is muddy and very cold, my fear is that my children would suffer malaria and other diseases, but I have no option but to come back because it is my house and the rescue center is full with people,” said Mollyne Odhiambo who moved to rescue canter a day ago.
In Siaya County, few kilometers from Kisumu, three people died two days ago after they were swept away by the raging floods.
Kenya Red cross Western Kenya regional manager Emmanuel Owako said 1,500 families have been rendered homeless by the raging floods.
Owako said the families have no place to call home following the heavy rains that have been experiencing in the area for three consecutive days.
“Most families are counting heavy losses as all their belongings were swept away by the raging waters from River Nyando, ” said Owako.
Most of the rivers have broken their banks and water flowing into the semi thatched houses. He called on well-wishers to come to the rescue of the victims and help them get shelter and food for the time being.
He also urged the government to come up with long term solutions to end the floods which continue to cause havocs among families and farms
The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned people in flood- prone areas to move to higher grounds because the long heavy rains may continue in the coming weeks.

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