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Isiolo: 708 residents displaced after River Ewaso Nyiro breaks banks

Friday, May 17th, 2024 12:06 | By
A class flooded in Merti Isiolo. PHOTO/@KenyaRedCross/X
A class flooded in Merti Isiolo. PHOTO/@KenyaRedCross/X

Isiolo County has been hit hard by flooding after River Ewaso Nyiro burst its banks, displacing 708 people in the Merti area.

According to reports from the Kenya Red Cross, both Merti South and North have been inundated, impacting schools, businesses, health facilities, and sanitation services.

Isiolo crisis

The Kenya Red Cross has swiftly responded to the crisis, initiating registration efforts to provide emergency shelter and essential items to those affected.

Sinking toilets in flooded in school in Isiolo. PHOTO/@KenyaRedCross/X
Impacted toilets in flooded in school in Isiolo. PHOTO/@KenyaRedCross/X

"708 households were displaced in Merti South and North in Isiolo after the River Ewaso Nyiro broke its banks. Schools, business premises, and health and sanitation facilities were also affected. The Kenya Red Cross will be registering affected families to provide emergency shelter and other essential items," the organization announced.

This incident follows closely on the heels of another flood disaster in Mandera County, where over 500 families were displaced in Mandera East Sub-county.

Here, the River Daua overflowed due to heavy rains experienced in the Southern Ethiopian Highlands.

President Ruto's call

President William Ruto has weighed in on the issue, acknowledging the severity of climate change as the biggest threat to the country's development and prosperity.

During a pass-out parade for Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) officers in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, President Ruto urged the military to play a more significant role in combating climate change.

Sinking toilets in flooded in Merti Isiolo. PHOTO/@KenyaRedCross/X
Sinking toilets in flooded in Merti Isiolo. PHOTO/@KenyaRedCross/X

He highlighted recent floods across the nation as evidence of the urgent need for action, praising the KDF for their effective disaster response efforts.

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