Displaced families in Likuyani receive donations from Dr Taracha

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One of the flood victims receives a blanket donated by Dr. Evans Taracha
One of the flood victims receives a blanket donated by Dr. Evans Taracha

A total of 37 families displaced by floods in Likuyani received a donation of food and non-food items from the Director of Research Kenya National Museum Dr. Evans Taracha. 

In his address to the victims, Dr. Taracha said the main aim of the donation was to alleviate them from suffering especially after being displaced from their home in Lupele,  Kambi Mawe and Forest villages in Likuyani ward. 

Taracha who donated dozens of blankets, sugar, tea bags, soaps, toilet papers among other necessities to the affected families, thanked the leadership of PEFA and Joy Baptized churches for accepting to house the affected families in the two churches. 

“We should be our brothers’ keeper, I really want to thank the leadership of the two churches for their kind gesture,”  said Taracha. 

He said the victims still need more support and asked both the national and county government of Kakamega to aid them in rebuilding their houses after the floods subside.

He further urged residents in flood-prone areas to move to safer grounds and evacuation centres and also cautioned residents against crossing overflowing rivers and streams, regretting that several roads in the sub county especially along Kipsangui stream had been swept away.

At the same time Taracha asked the national and county governments to find a permanent solution to the perennial floods. 

He said there was need to renovate old dams and even construct new ones  as one of the measures that will help control  the floods.

The families with a total population of over 150 members were displaced from their homes after Kipsangui stream broke its bank following heavy rains that have been pounding the area.