More than 600 families from various parts of Lamu, including Chalaluma, Moa, Dide Waride, Kitumbini, Jericho, Jipendeni, Mavuno, Amkeni, Marafa and other areas were displaced from their homes by the raging floods, forcing most of them to share houses with friends and relatives in the neighbouring villages less affected by the floods.
Mr Macharia said Coronavirus is real and insisted on the need for all citizens, including the flood victims to wash hands, put on face masks, observe social distancing and avoid unnecessary crowding.
The County Commissioner assured the flood victims that the national government in coordination with area leaders and well-wishers will continue to assist them until the situation normalizes.
“It’s challenging for citizens in villages affected by floods to maintain social distancing bearing in mind that some families have no homes and are forced to relocate and put up with friends. That means congestion is inevitable. I however plead with those affected to ensure they wear face masks, wash hands with soap and sanitize. We don’t want to fall prey to Covid-19 because of the floods,” said Mr Macharia.
He said his office together with area leaders had put in place interventions that will ensure all the displaced families have a shelter over their head.
“Most of the flood victims have already been reached and supplied with relief food, face masks, sanitizers, mosquito nets and water treatments. We’re also in discussion with the Kenya Red Cross so that those completely displaced by the floods are given tents,” said Mr Macharia.
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