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FEARS OF RESPIRATORY DISEASES IN FLOOD VICTIMS AREA

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Tens of floods victims in Naivasha are facing an outbreak of respiratory diseases due to poor living conditions in the camps coupled by the cold rainy weather.

Area leaders and non-governmental organizations are now calling for urgent action to relocate the 400 victims from Ndabibi Primary school where they have been camping for the last two weeks.

The families were displaced when Marmanet dam in Eburru forest burst its banks sweeping their houses, farm produce and all their personal effects.

This emerged when World Vision donated personal effects and seeds to the affected families while Nakuru County moved in to drill a new borehole after the dam broke down.

According to World Vision area coordinator Irene Kibon, the families were prone to pneumonia as many were sleeping on cold floor.

She noted that overcrowding in the classes was another challenge that the families were facing at a time that the country had been affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

“We have come with personal effects to assist these families who are camping in school and it’s time to find a lasting solution to this perennial crisis,” she said.

On farming, she warned that there could be food shortage in semi-arid area in the next six months as all the farm produce had been washed away by the floods.

“We have donated assorted seeds to them as part of addressing food security and we are encouraging them to plant trees so as to avoid soil erosion in the coming days,” she said.

Area MCA Gathariki Kamanu admitted that there were fears of disease outbreak in the camps and directed those who were able to return back to their farms.

“The national and county governments have done their part and we are asking those whose houses were not demolished by the floods to move back to their homes,” he said.

He noted that the burst dam was used to supply water to over 10,000 area residents adding that the county had sunk a borehole to address the current water shortage.

One of the affected persons John Kamau blamed the move by individuals and organizations to divert water from the nearby Eburru forest as the main cause for the floods.

“We are happy that the government and other individuals have come to our rescue but we should deal with those people who have encroached on river banks and diverted water to farms,” he said.

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