Thousands homeless as floods, landslides hit Kenya


A man takes a photograph of a flooded village after River Nzoia burst its banks and due to the backflow from Lake Victoria, in Nyadorera, Siaya County, Kenya May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

AGENCIES | Aljazeera | More than 1,800 families in western Kenya have been rendered homeless after the River Nzoia burst its banks, according to the Kenya Red Cross.

In the Buyuku village of Budalangi, residents loaded their belongings on boats to get them away from submerged homes.

“It’s been flooding for three days now,” said Vincent Ochieng, one of the residents affected by the floods. “I think the government is not even aware, but now we are telling them. We are asking them if there are any plans to assist us, only two boats are here for evacuating people.”

Residents use a boat to evacuate with their animals from the flood waters after River Nzoia burst its banks and due to the backflow from Lake Victoria, in Buyuku village of Budalangi, in Busia County, Kenya May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Heavy rainfall in recent days has led to flooding and landslides across the region.

On April 30, Eugene Wamalwa, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Devolution, told Citizen TV Kenya that 116 people had died in the country due to the flooding across 29 counties.

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