- Title: Over 6000 families affected by floods in western Kenya
- Date: 28th December 2019
- Summary: KISUMU, KENYA (DECEMBER 28, 2019) (REUTERS) PEOPLE STANDING AMONG FLOODED BUILDINGS WATER FLOWING DOWN FLOODED ROAD CHILDREN CARRYING CONTAINERS THROUGH FLOODWATER PEOPLE WADING THROUGH FLOOD WATER A DISPLACED WOMAN MOVING HER BELONGINGS AROUND ON DRY LAND (SOUNDBITE) (Swahili) KISUMU RESIDENT, AGNES MORAA, SAYING: "How I will feed my children? All our food went with the water, school shoes and the books for the kids too. My belongings are outside here and I don't know where I will go to." BELONGINGS GATHERED ON HIGH GROUND ABOVE FLOODWATERS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE MOVING THEIR BELONGINGS THROUGH FLOODED STREETS (SOUNDBITE) (Swahili) KISUMU RESIDENT, PAUL OKONG'O, SAYING: "There is no place to sleep, we don't even have tents, no water to drink and I have children in college as well as secondary and primary schools." PEOPLE MOVING THEIR BELONGINGS THROUGH FLOODED STREETS WOMAN MOVING BELONGINGS AROUND IN FLOODED HOUSE PEOPLE WADING THROUGH FLOODWATER (SOUNDBITE) (English) GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE, JACKTON OJWANG', SAYING: "Over six thousand families have been affected and currently the county government has organised for an evacuation centre which is at Kasagam Secondary school and we urge the people who are seriously affected to go to the area and then get the provisions that the government is giving. They are giving food, they are giving shelter, they are giving clothing. So, let us not wait till we get stuck." VARIOUS OF FLOODED AREA
- Embargoed: 11th January 2020 17:23
- Keywords: Floods Kenya Kisumu flooding
- Location: KISUMU, KENYA
- City: KISUMU, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Floods
- Reuters ID: LVA001BBW1ZYF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A government official said on Saturday (December 28) that over 6000 families in the town of Kisumu, in western Kenya, had been affected by flooding from heavy rains that began earlier in the week on Christmas eve.
Many local residents said they had no dry place to sleep and feared the flooding situation could worsen as they appealed for aid.
Government agencies responded by urging residents to move as soon as possible to a rescue centre set up at a local secondary school.
East Africa is experiencing abnormally heavy rains due to the Indian Ocean being warmer than usual. Floods, landslides, and a cyclone have killed more than 1,200 people across east and southern Africa this year, according to the UK-based non-profit 'Save the Children'.
(Production: Fred Ooko, Jackson Njehia, Ben Dadswell)
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