Flash floods leave 700 homeless, at risk of sickness in Bomet.

More than 102 families in Chepalungu constituency have been displaced by flash floods in Bomet County, local administrations and the Red Cross have said, placing the number of people affected at about 700.

Authorities said the numbers are expected to rise as it continues raining, with areas affected being the lower zones which are prone to flooding. A  survey conducted by the Red Cross says by Saturday 40 families had been affected but the number had more than doubled by Sunday.

A spot check  found many pit latrines either completely destroyed, with the waste coming to the surface, or with huge cracks in the walls and therefore unfit for use.
The Red Cross  have proactively warned communities living in flood-prone areas, asking them  through short mobile phone messages, verbal communication in meeting and barazas organized by administrators in the targeted regions to relocate to prevent disasters.

By Martha Biginga.

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