Families displaced as Sondu River bursts its banks


River Sondu at the bridge near Ahero. Photo/COURTESY
River Sondu at the bridge near Ahero. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Sondu River has broken its banks and left families marooned after the flood destroyed their homes.
  • Reports indicate that the incident occurred on Thursday even as the Kenya Red Cross urged residents to move to higher ground.
  • According to Nyakach Deputy County Commissioner Cornellius Sangura, no casualties have been reported yet.

Sondu River has broken its banks and left families marooned after the flood destroyed their homes.

Reports indicate that the incident occurred on Thursday even as the Kenya Red Cross urged residents to move to higher ground.

“River Sondu in Nyakach, Kisumu County reported to have burst its banks following heavy rains experienced in the area.

“Water is overflowing to nearby villages. KCRS Kisumu is assisting in evacuating affected residents,” an alert from humanitarian agency said.

According to Nyakach Deputy County Commissioner Cornellius Sangura, no casualties have been reported yet.

Speaking to Ramogi Radio on Friday morning, Sangura said the worst hit areas are Nyakwere, Sangoro, Nyadina, Obwage and Thurdibuoro.

Most families had however heeded prior warnings and relocated, he added, saying that multi-agency teams are assessing the situation to ensure it doesn’t escalate.

West Nyakach MCA George Ogutu Oluoch reiterated that the Kenya Red Cross and county officials are assisting affected families.

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