Hundreds of families affected by floods in Likuyani Sub County have received a donation of relief food from the national government.
Speaking when he led the distribution exercise, area MP Dr. Enoch Kibunguchy said a total of 500 bags of 50kg rice were received from the national government to aid flood victims in the constituency.
He said the food was distributed to all affected families in the five wards of Sinoko, Nzoia, Sango, Kongoni and Likuyani.
The legislator said the floods triggered by incessant rainfall since the last week of April affected hundreds of residents with others being displaced from their homes and are in desperate need of assistance.
He said those whose houses were destroyed need to be helped to rebuild them after the floods subside.
While thanking the national government for the donation, Kibunguchy criticized Kakamega county governor Wycliffe Oparanya for failing to support all flood victims in the sub county.
He said it was strange that the governor only donated mattresses and blankets to the affected families in Likuyani ward alone.
“The governor should know that we have victims in Sango, Sinoko Nzoia and Kongoni who were affected by the floods and they too need his support. He should not just help one ward, let us not start favoring and dividing our people, we should serve them equally,” said Kibunguchy.
At the same time Kibunguchy said it was high time the national and county governments worked together to find a lasting solution to the floods menace in various parts of the country..
He said with climatic changes the floods cycle has drastically changed and become unpredictable therefore it is high time leaders from both the national and county governments sat together and came up with a permanent solutions.
Kibunguchy supported a proposal by a section of leaders to constructs dams in the area as a solution to the perennial floods.
“I fully support the proposal to construct dams along river Nzoia to hold the excess waters to avoid flooding downstream and causing destruction,” said Kibunguchy
The MP said that the flood victims’ livelihood is affected every time they are displaced and with the intensity of the floods they might not recover.
Kibunguchy used the opportunity to urge residents to observe social distancing and other government guideline to avoid contracting and spreading the coronavirus.