PICTURE: The situation of Marsabit town after heavy downpour.

2rd Nov 2017

MARSABITAt least 100 families have been displaced in Saku, Marsabit County following Thursday’s early morning floods that has caused destruction of properties. Heavy downpour that started about 2am Thursday morning has now left Marsabit town and its environs flooded.

The local business community is also counting huge losses following the flood water damaging their goods.

According to Hassan Jilo, a businessman in Marsabit town, the floods are as a result of poor drainage system in the town citing poor road construction by Gulsan Company that constructed the Laisamis Moyale highway.

In a spot check by the radio jangwani in Marsabit town, most businesses remained closed due to the water levels in most of stalls.

The residents are now urging the Kenya Red Cross and the National Disaster Management to chip in and provide them with basic commodities after their houses were carried away.

“The situation is pathetic and we need immediate interventions”, Yussuf Jillo a resident said.

According to most of the affected families, the rain is still expected to continue until mid of this month and mitigation measures needs to be taken by the KeNHA.

Addressing journalists in Manyatta Willy one of the affected villages, Hassan Wako the area MCA, said that he will lead residents in demonstrations for the issue to be addressed by the relevant authorities.

He has however threatened to take legal actions against the construction company that he claims has contributed to the heavy floods while it rains.

“We have been raising alarm on how these roads were constructed and it’s now time for actions to be taken otherwise families will drown when it continues to rain”, he said.

MCA Wako has promised to reach local NGOs in order to help the affected families with food and clothes.