Hundreds left homeless in Lamu after heavy rains sweep away houses

Hundreds left homeless in Lamu after heavy rains sweep away houses

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Lamu, KENYA: Hundreds of families in Lamu have been left homeless after their houses were swept away by the heavy rains currently being experienced in the region.

The worst hit areas are Pandanguo,Ishakani,Tchundwa,Kiunga and Witu.

Locals in the affected areas have been forced to relocate to other parts of Lamu while many others are putting up with friends.

Over 30 houses have so far been swept away in Ishakani and Pandanguo.

In Pandanguo,locals are unable to access shops,hospitals,schools and other services following the bad state of the Pandanguo-Witu road that has become impassable due to the heavy rains.

Locals now say they are worried of a possible food crisis if alternative means are not sought to ensure they receive food.

Pandanguo residents have been receiving food and other aid from the national government following the launch of the Operation Linda Boni inside the Boni forest which has for decades been their source of livelihood.

Red Cross vehicles have been unable to access the area since the heavy rains started last month.

“The situation is really bad. The drugs in the dispensary are almost out. We can’t reach the hospital in Witu,we can’t even get to the markets, the food we received is almost out and we haven’t seen another consignment and we know it’s the road. We don’t know what will happen now,”said Ali Sharuti.

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Over 2000 residents live in Pandanguo village which is the main home to Lamu’s marginalized Boni people.