Flood Kills Two As Public Still Waits for Funds
Two people have been killed in Kenya’s Narok County as heavy El Niño rains continue to batter the area.
The victims were swept away by fast-moving water in two separate incidents as they attempted to cross flooded rivers in the Trans Mara West. The government is now facing increasing pressure to release Sh5 billion of funding it claimed to have set aside for prevention and counteraction against El Niño.
The first incident in Narok County saw Ms Kitana Ntiya, 60, fall into Olomonira River on her way back home from the market. She fell in somewhere near Oloborsoito Location and her body was later found and retrieved from the river by villagers, Trans Mara West police confirmed.
In the second incident Mr Lucas Nyasari, 25, was attempting to cross the Mashangwa River when he was overpowered by the strength of the water. He was on his way to Lolgorian market with his brother to sell a goat, police said.
“His brother watched helplessly as he drowned together with the goat that he carried on his shoulders,” said Trans Mara West acting police chief, Charles Ouma.
Still no sign of funds
As the death toll and damage caused by El Niño continues to mount, the National Government has come into criticism for failing to release funds meant to help counties cope with the pounding rains.
Leaders have called on the government to release the funds immediately as key areas like Migori continue to struggle against the elements. Leaders in Tana River have demanded compensation for residents who have been displaced from around the local river. They estimate 20,000 people have been marooned by floods in the region alone – and the rain continues to fall.
Public sentiment is at an all-time low after a string corruption scandals tainted the government’s reputation. Misuse of public funds is high on the list of government wrongdoings and voices have already claimed it has squandered the Sh5bn it set aside to deal with El Niño.