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Section of town cut off after river bursts its banks

By - Nick Oluoch | April 23rd 2013

By Nick Oluoch

Migori,Kenya: A section of estates within Migori have been cut off from the town centre as floods continue to wreak havoc in the region.

Over the weekend, Oruba estate and the surrounding environs were completely cut off from the town after River Onyinjo burst its banks following heavy rains throughout the weekend.

Residents from the town had to wait for several hours for the water to subside while others had to look for alternative routes to get to their homes.

Boda boda riders did booming business ferrying people through alternative routes, while youths also made money carrying some residents on their backs across the river.

Residents called upon the Government to speed up the construction of a new bridge over River Onyinjo to enable them access the town easily.

Suna West MP Joseph Ndiege said he had already asked the Ministry of Special Programmes and Public Works to assess the bridge and fund its construction under funding for aid.

He said they have assessed and will consider it alongside other areas affected by floods like Nyamola-Taro River in Wasembete Ward where residents have the same problem.

Speaking on sunday, Valentine Ogongo, an area resident, said the bridge had to be a top priority for the local leadership, as it scared away investors, which lowers the economic strength of the town.

“Transport to and from town is something that has to be possible,” he said, adding that every time it rains the bridge overflows affecting Oruba, Town, Dip, Milimani and Sangla estates.

He said people are charged between Sh20-50 to cross the bridge or pay extra for longer alternative routes.  Lillian Awuor, a businesswoman from Oruba area, said she was forced to close her premises because of floods.



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