Families in agony as flooding worsens in Namanjalala

A view of the impact of the flooding at Namanjalala in Kwanza constituency.Photo/Aspect News

Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in Namanjalala location in Kwanza constituency with more than 200 families being affected by flooding after River Sabwani broke its banks ​​.

The most affected residents have been displaced while crops have been submerged in water at Sabwani, Maliki, Marinda, Kobos and Buyanzi villages following the downpour.

“We have been affected by the heavy rains which have rendered us homeless since our houses are filled with water. We want a permanent solution to this menace,” said Mr. Joseph Wafula.

The residents who are counting losses called for relief from the government to cushion them from the effects of homelessness and lack of food as a result of the disaster which has hit them hard.

“This challenging on our side at a time when the fight against corona virus has seen our economic output shrink. We call on the county government to come to our rescue,” said Mr. Felix Wanyonyi.

The national government has further been challenged to erect dykes along the river to contain the floods which result from the overflow of water from as far as its source in Mt.Elgon.

“The government has to commit emergency funds towards development of the right infrastructure to contain the effect of the floods which have become a norm in this place,” said Mr. Andrew Wabwile.

Area MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi laid blame on the county government of Trans Nzoia for failing to establish a drainage system which is a devolved function saying this has worsened the floods.

“The county government is supposed to set up a proper drainage system in the region that will see flood water directed to water harvesting channels like dams to contain their effects,” said Mr. Wanyonyi

Area MCA Bernard Mlipuko pointed an accusation finger on a Chinese construction firm for destroying a barrier on River Sabwani while laying bitumen on Lessos-Kolongolo road.

“The Chinese contactor must be held accountable for this floods which have been rampant this year after they demolished barriers erected on the Sabwani river bridge,” said Mr. Mlipuko.