Landslide victims in West Pokot County have received Kshs 10 million shillings and utensils worth Kshs 250,000 from the petroleum fraternity and the Fred Hollows Foundation. The landslides that occurred weeks ago and floods tragedy claimed more than 50 people and 1500 people displaced.
Mining and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes and Fred Hollows country Manager Jane Okhuna led the teams from Tullow Oil with Kshs 5 million, Africa Oil with Kshs 2.5 milion and and Total Kenya with Kshs 2.5 million, with the money expected to go to the affected through the Kenya Red Cross.
The Fred Hollows Foundation country Manager Jane Ohuma said that the donation will benefit 100 households affected by the landslides. “The Foundation has been working in the County since 2012 in sensitizing the community in the prevention of preventable blindness.” She called on other stakeholders to join hands and support the affected families.
Geoffrey Lipale, the health and sanitation CEC, said that cases of diarrhea have been reported in many camps where the affected reside because of dirty water.
Governor John Lonyangapuo said that they are trying to settle the affected families. “We shall give out the donations to the affected families who are now in camps,” he said.
Mining and Petroleum CS John Munyes said that the affected families still need support. He noted that there is need for rehabilitation, resettlement and putting up infrastructure in the area. “We thank the County government for coordinating the response,” he said.