OVER 4,000 FAMILIES TO BE DISPLACED BY SWELLING LAKE NAIVASHA

Over 4,000 families now face displacement after water levels around Lake Naivasha continued to rise, flooding more homes and infrastructure around the water body.

With heavy rains pounding the Aberdares which is the catchment area, the provincial administration has raised an alert for families around the lake to start moving out.

Three months ago, over 2,000 families mainly from Kihoto estate were forced to relocate due to flooding and hopes that the water would subsided have failed.

According to Naivasha sub-county commissioner Mathioya Mbogo, Kihoto estate which is home to hundreds of flower farm workers was the most affected.

He said that they were working with other government officers in monitoring the rising water levels which had even flooded the area police post.

“In the first phase around 2,000 were displaced by the lake and with rising water levels we expect another 4,000 to be affected meaning more challenges for area residents,” he said.

Speaking after receiving foodstuff from Safaricom foundation to assist those hardest hit by Covid-19 pandemic, Mbogo said that they had embarked on assisting families affected by HIV Aids.

“In the first phase we had forgotten those persons living with HIV Aids and we have already identified 320 families which will receive support from the national government,” he said.

While thanking Safaricom, he said that five informal settlements in the sub-county had been hardest hit by the pandemic though the Kazi mtaani initiative had come to the rescue of many.

Naivasha assistant county commissioner Janet Jawa said that job losses in flower farms and hotels had pushed the workers to Lake Naivasha.

“Due to the high number of persons who lost their jobs in Naivasha, many families have had challenges in feeding their families and this donation comes in handy,” he said.

On his part, Safaricom regional manager Patrick Wanjau said that 280 families would benefit in Naivasha from the food donations.

He said that Safaricom staff and their foundation had raised Sh4m which would be used to buy food for 2,500 families in various parts of the country.

“Last month Safaricom donated PPEs worth Sh1.5m to Nakuru County government as part of giving back to the community at these hard times,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries Sammy Mbugua who is also disabled termed the donation as timely and God sent adding that they had undergone untold suffering due to the pandemic

 

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