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Narok flood victims receive Sh3 million foodstuff, non food items

Rift Valley
 Narok Governor Patrick Ole Ntutu (centre) led the drive to donate Sh3 million worth of aid. [George Sayagie, Standard]

Hundreds of residents affected by floods and mudslides in Narok South received Sh3 million in food and non-food items from Nairobi Shree Swaminarayan Temple.

Nunu Shangani Arun Rabadia and Prakash Pindoria led the temple mission where they donated 210 mattresses, 210 blankets, 576 assorted food, two and a half sacks of Crocs slippers, 200 bags of unga of five kgs each, UHC milk 360 pieces and assorted children food and juices.

“We are here to bring hope to the families affected by the heavy rains and happiness to the families amid disaster,” said Rabadia.

The consignment was flagged by Narok Governor Patrick Ole Ntutu and Narok South MP Kitilai Ntutu for residents of Narok South neighbouring the Maasai Mau Forest affected by mudslides.

Disaster statistics for Narok South indicate that some 11 people died, and over 2000 were displaced by floods in the Narok South sub-county since the heavy rains began.

Narok South Deputy County Commissioner, Felix Kisalu said out of the 11 fatalities, four were family members killed by mudslides in Sagamian, while another two were struck dead by lightning in  Ngoben.

Two children were killed by mudslides in Chepalungu while three drowned. 

The displaced families were moved to schools and churches.

Narok County government CEM for administration coordination of decentralized services and disaster management Josephine Ngeno said 1612 households have been displaced in upper Ololulunga and Melelo bordering the Maasai Mau forest and are sheltering in the nearby schools and churches.

Speaking to The Standard during the distribution of the foodstuff, Ngeno said other affected areas are Talek (300 households), Mosiro irrigation scheme (158 households), Oldonyo orasha, Esupetai and its environs (324 households), Narok town and Mukuru (63 households) bringing to a total of 2,457 people displaced.

“Those targeted by this donation are those affected by the mudslide that occurred in Esongoroi village in Olashapani location, displacing over 100 households,” said Ngeno.

She said the affected families moved to nearby safer grounds, including churches, schools and other homesteads.

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