Emergency aid has taken too long to reach West Pokot disaster survivors
SEE ALSO :Man goes berserk, chops off wife’s handOn Wednesday, Marich bridge, the only link to Muino village, where 22 people were killed by the landslides, caved in, making it impossible to deliver aid to the villagers. Yesterday, Government Spokesman Cyrus Oguna said the government had already delivered emergency aid to flood victims in Tamkal, Nyarkulian and Parua camps. However, despite the obvious odds the government and other agencies are facing in their efforts to bail out the desperate families, it is totally unacceptable that almost a week after the tragic incident some villagers are yet to receive any material help, and are still marooned in islands of hunger and suffering. Although the government has been working frantically, and has even enlisted the military to help the victims, the efforts have clearly fallen short. Six days is so long a time to go with little or no food, without shelter, blankets and medicine. The government can and must do better. It should deploy more personnel and resources to ensure the aid reaches those who sorely need it. According to Mr Oguna, the government needs Sh20 million to distribute aid to the victims. The amount cannot hamper this important mission. It is a drop in the ocean, even for a government facing financial difficulties.
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