Families stranded as floods wreak havoc in Syokimau

Flooded Syokimau Phase 2 Estate, Machakos County. on April 21, 2024. [John Muia, Standard]

Machakos Governor, Wavinya Ndeti has called for emergency disaster response backup after floods displaced families in Syokimau and Kinanie.

The county boss advised families affected by floods to relocate to safer places.

In Syokimau Phase 2 estate, county emergency operation teams rescued families whose houses were flooded following heavy downpour on Saturday night.

More than 200 units on the ground floor were flooded.

Wavinya, who dispatched her Roads, Public Works and Housing minister, Rita Ndunge alongside the county chief of staff, Lawrence Ngovi said county government will provide food, bedding and other basic commodities to the affected families camping at Kinanie Primary School.

Dozens of residents in parts of Kinanie and Syokimau 360 estates had their household items swept away by floods.

Speaking separately, Athi River Deputy County Commissioner Patrick Mwangi urged residents affected by floods to vacate the houses to avert disaster.