UNHCR offers helping hand to Trans Nzoia flood victims

UNHCR’s executive officer at the kakuma refugee camp Magdalene Mutuli addresses journalists in Kitale. Photo/Aspect News

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has donated non food household items to more than 900 families which were affected by flooding occasioned by heavy rains in several parts of Trans Nzoia within the last one month.

The donation which was flagged off at the Trans Nzoia county commissioner’s offices was made possible following coordination by the head of infrastructure and ICT in the deputy president’s office Mr. Kakai Bissau.

UNHCR’s executive officer at the kakuma refugee camp Magdalene Mutuli said the donation which includes blankets and tents will assist the victims to have reliable makeshift homes as they wait for the situation to end.

“We are aware most of the families within Namanjalala location have been rendered homeless after being displaced by waters after River Sabwani broke its banks. The donation will cushion the families,” said Ms Mutuli.

Area County Commissioner Samson Ojwang said the donation will be handy to the families that are also finding it difficult to observe the social distancing guidelines in the fight against the Corona Virus pandemic.

“It is commendable that the families have found a helping hand in these times of need. Homelessness is a challenge in the fight against Corona virus since crowding is ground for transmission,” said Mr. Ojwang.

Tuwan ward MCA Bernard Wambwa took an issue with a section of leaders in the region that he accused of using the Corona Virus pandemic to seek political mileage by branding items being distributed to vulnerable families.

“The right assistance like this of UNHCR should be free from drama and crowding. We call on our leaders to have a human heart when donating instead of complicating the situation which might affect the war on spread of the virus,” said Mr. Wambwa.