2 January 2013

Kenya: Murugi and Ruto Visit Kerio Valley Victims

SPECIAL Programmes Minister Esther Murugi and Eldoret North MP William Ruto toured areas affected mudslides and floods in parts of the North Rift region to asses the situation.

Murugi led the distribution of relief food to more than 1,000 people who have so far been displaced in Kerio Valley and Pokot county. The displaced families are camping at schools and churches in Keiyo South district.

The floods have so far killed 20 people in the region within the last four days. The Minister said the government will look into ways of permanently relocating families which have been living on the escarpments in Kerio Valley.

"If possible we have to find ways of giving them alternative land in other areas so that we plant trees on the escarpments to prevent more mudslides", said Murugi.

Murugi said the government will provide more relief support for the affected families until the situation returns to normal.

Ruto had aslo visited some of the displaced families in Keiyo South where he distributed food donations including contributions from Jubilee Presidential aspirant Uhuru Kenyatta.

"We sympathize with all of you have been affected and pray that God helps you to go through. As leaders we will look into long term ways of dealing with the problem of floods and mudslides which have been occurring in this area every year", said Ruto after he visited the families.

He was with Keiyo South MP Jakson Kiptanui among others. Though the government and Kenya Red Cross has been supplying humanitarian aid, Keiyo South DC Arthur Bunde has said the support so far received is inadequate and families need more food and items like blankets and medical kits.

Bunde said the death toll could rise since they are still receiving information of people reported as missing after the disaster.

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