29 March 2013

Kenya: Nyatike Braces for Flooding

Residents of Nyatike, Migori County living in low lands flood prone areas have been advised to settle in higher grounds with the onset of heavy rains.

They have been advised to take caution as there is fear of floods as heavy rains continue. Area police boss Richard Bitonga said that that the ongoing rain pounding the area pose great risk to residents and said they are working with public administrators to avert disaster before it goes out of hand.

"We have also called on disaster management stakeholders to help the residents find a settlement area for likely displacement especially after floods displaced thousand residents in past years," he said.

Already Nyandiwa, Luanda Konyango and the outskirts of Sori urban center have started showing early signs of imminent floods as houses and farms have started to be submerged along rivers Migori and Kuja banks.

Bitonga said they are in talks with chiefs to urge residents living in raised grounds to accommodate others so as to ensure no life is lost in looming floods.

The perennial flooding problem in Nyatike is set to be contained with a Sh4.1 billion government funded irrigation project through the National Irrigation Board (NIB) will be done in phases and the initial phase, with the first Sh700 Million projection going on.

The multi-faceted project will source water from rivers Kuja and Migori which will also boast food security and fight unemployment be helping farmers to produce paddy rice, maize and horticultural crops like tomatoes, onions and the rest.

The project will construct dykes along the river banks would also assist in controlling flood waters that have caused massive deaths to the locals and destruction property worth millions of shillings every year.

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