60,000 people displaced by floods in the country.


Kenya Red Cross Society has estimated 60,000 people displaced by floods across the country as rains continue.

The Society Secretary General Dr Aisha Mohammed who visited families displaced by floods in Ombaka, Nyando Sub County says they are struggling to mitigate the effects of floods.

Mohammed says in Western Kenya, they are dealing with 8,000 households displaced by floods.

She says the situation is compounded by COVID-19 pandemic.

“With Corona virus, we advise the flood victims at all the time to comply with the directives by the national government,” she said.

Mohammed says assessment of those affected is still ongoing across the nation to enable Red Cross to plan well for humanitarian services.

She says most organizations have stepped in to offer food stuff to the affected people.

Mohammed noted that what is lacking and key is shelter since the classrooms being used as evacuation centres are not enough.

“If we could get more shelter, established through tents, then we can assist these people to get space to live in,” he said.

She advocated for social distancing among the people as a way of combating the spread of Corona virus.

Among the items Red Cross distributed to the flood victims include tents, cooking utensils and blankets amongst other things.

Majority of the families displaced in Ombaka, numbering over 500, are as a result of backflow of water from Lake Victoria.

Mohammed says only the vulnerable including the elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers and the elderly were assisted through the donations.