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Governor Nyong’o announces interventions after seven villages in Kisumu are flooded

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Anyang Nyong’o

Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o has announced that persistent heavy rains in the country have caused the Nyando River to overflow its banks, causing extensive damage to homes, urban centers and public institutions.

In a statement on Sunday, Governor Nyong’o noted that more than 600 people are stranded in their homes, business premises, healthcare facilities and on the roads.

He said the Ahero Bridge on the busy Kisumu-Nairobi-Kisii-Homa Bay and Migori have been flooded, disrupting transportation and leaving seven villages in Ombeyi region completely submerged.

“We are working closely with the national government through our Multi-Agency Committee to assist our people. We sincerely thank the Coast Guard and the Kenya Red Cross, whose teams are already in Ahero to assist in the rescue mission,” said Nyong’o.

He stated that the Kisumu County Government is making arrangements to hire boats to help ferry the affected households to evacuation centres.

Governor Nyong’o appealed to state departments with helicopters, including the KDF, Kenya Wildlife Services and Kenya Forest Service, to intervene and help us rescue the affected people.

The Kisumu governor appealed to people living along Miriu and other rivers and near Lake Victoria to leave and take refuge on higher ground.

He further said that a medical camp has been held at the Bunde Dispensary and more are being planned.

“We sincerely thank our partners who dedicated resources to helping the victims. We are appealing to well-wishers who wish to donate food and non-food items to visit our collection center at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Complex in Kisumu,” the Kisumu Governor added.

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