The Star (Nairobi)

5 January 2013

Kenya: 14 Schools in Kerio Valley Won't Re-Open On Monday

Some 14 schools destroyed by floods and mudslides in Keiyo and Baringo will not re-open on Monday. Rivers Perkera and Molo burst their banks and destroyed several homes and government institutions including the schools.

Keiyo South DC Arthur Bunde however said the government has deployed engineers to asses the damage and begin repairs. Some 400 children have been affected.

"Parents should not be worried because we are taking measures to ensure the current situation does not disrupt learning in schools," he said.

The schools affected in Baringo include Sintaan, Loropil, Salabani, Leso and Ilingarau primary schools and Ngambo Secondary School. The floods and mudslides in Kerio Valley killed 20 people and displaced more than 1,500 others who are currently camping at schools and churches on the highland side of Keiyo district.

Bunde said the displaced families will not not be allowed to return to the risky areas until the situation is confirmed to be safe. "The rains have reduced but we will wait until we are advised by experts before we allow people to return to their homes", said Bunde.

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