Over 11,000 people in Bungoma county have been affected by floods over the past one month.

Majority of them have been left homeless, food swept by raging floods, houses have been submerged and bridges swept away.

River Nzoia has broken its banks, River Malakisi broken its bridge while landslides have affected part of Mt Elgon especially Cheptais and Chesikaki wards.

Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa toured the region on May 8 and distributed food including maize, beans and sugar to the affected families.

He toured Mt.Elgon constituency where he distributed 500 sacks of maize and beans.

He was also in Sirisia, Bumula and Kanduyi constituencies where he met the affected families from both Corona and floods.

Wamalwa called on Bungoma residents to observe government directives of observing social distance, putting own face masks, stopping handshakes and if possible staying at home.

“Coronavirus is real and it kills, let’s be keen to avoid contracting it, those who have contracted it are suffering, let’s be serious,” he warned.

At the same time Wamalwa said that he would raise the issue of truck drivers with his transport counterpart so that they may be restrained from plying the Mombasa-Malaba border Northern Corridor road until the corona ends.

“Reports indicate that majority truck drivers are the ones spreading  Coronavirus pandemic, even the two cases in Bungoma are a result of them,” said Wamalwa.

He pointed out that the government was keen in reducing the positive cases so that Kenyans can return back to their normal life.

“This disease has created a lot of suffering, Kenyans are no longer involved in growing the economy for fear of contracting it, we pray that Corona ends soon,” he said.

The CS pledged that the government will reconstruct houses of victims of floods once rain subsides.

He asked Chiefs and their assistants to identify the affected families so that the government can provide iron sheets for them once the calamity ends.


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