MPs want Government to forestall flooding, destruction
SEE ALSO :Heavy rains, flooding kill 12 people"Nyatike people continue to lose property, cattle and crops to floods. Each rainy season hundreds are displaced and houses destroyed. We must address this," they said. According to Kenya Red Cross, floods have killed 158 people and injured 80 others countrywide. A total of 49,975 households - approximately 299,859 people - have also been displaced, 19,223 livestock lost and about 21,741 acres of farmland destroyed. Yesterday, the MPs said it was unfortunate that despite government officials being aware of the floods' impact on the region, no substantive steps or early warning systems had been put in place. "We wait until the rivers begin to overflow into homes, displacing thousands and destroying acres of maize then we respond with food aid," they said.
SEE ALSO :Airport floods after heavy rainThey also called for strengthening of early warning mechanisms. "If there were effective early warning systems, then lives would have been saved," they said.