Floods cause untold havoc in Malaba border
Business activities were paralyzed Tuesday evening and the better part of Wednesday in Malaba town following a heavy downpour that rocked the town causing a heavy traffic jam among other inconveniences.
Business shops as well as the popular winkers club bore the greatest brunt as they were completely surrounded by the runaway floods making it impossible for business to continue.
Police led by Malaba station OCS Chacha Marwa and officials from the H- Young construction company spent the whole night trying to correct the situation as well as protect property from looters.
The most notable affected businesses were club winkers, Gidee enterprises and Al Mubarrack where it’s estimated that close to five million worth of property was destroyed by the marauding floods.
By the time of going to press, , efforts to find a way for the floods to pass were ongoing.
Small shops, saloons and so on were half way submerged in the floods.
Www.westfm.co.ke spoke to a few affected persons. “It is terrible. I have lost more than 2000 bags of cement which are socked in the floods and I do not know what to do now.” Said the owner of Al Mubarrack.
Another victim Christine Okitoi, a saloon owner, said she had lost all her hair materials including make ups and cosmetics, all amounting to 30 thousand shillings. She urged the well wishers to help her back to her knees.
The victims criticized the county government of Busia for failing to respond to their plight and for their unpreparedness to respond to disasters.
“‘We have been here since yester night to this time and we have not seen any county official.’’ They said.
Questions have been raised in the recent past over the manner by which the county government manages disasters in Busia.
Efforts to reach the area MCA Ishmael Orodi for comment proved futile.