Floods force hungry Tana river woman to nurse labor pains on top of a tree

A flooded field in Taita Taveta county.The weatherman has warned of heavy rains that are set to rock Kwale county starting Tuesday PHOTO: COURTESY.

Tana River,KENYA:A woman in Tana River county delivered immediately after being rescued from flooded waters by Redcross and Tana River county rescue officers.

Saum Omar had stayed for three days up a tree without food in a bid to escape floods that had engulfed their village.

According to the officers, her family  had  built her a bedlike support up a tree when the flood waters started rising where she had been nursing her pains when she was rescued.

Using a motor boat, the officers rescued the woman who immediately delivered after reaching  the Hola District Hospital in the evening .

Speaking to Baraka Fm, officer who led the county government team drawn from the special programs department Mr. Simon Sokorote said he confirmed that the relatives  of the woman took her up that tree after lacking an alternative solution.

“The family was forced to rescue the woman by making her a bed on top of that tree in a bid to rescue  her from the  floods,” He said.

Mr. Sokorote added that measures had been put into place to rescue other victims who he estimated to be between 600 and 800 .

The areas of Nyangwani, Huruma, Miembeni, Shaurimoyo, Magogoni, Shikadabu and other parts of the sub county are affected by the floods.

The incident comes few days after the county Red cross manager Mr. Jerald Bombe said over 400 families in Bakuyu in Madogo had been evacuated after floods engulfed the village.

According to Mr. Bombe already 17 families in areas near River Tana   have also been affected by floods.

The KRCS boss confirmed that the water level had risen up to 4.9 metres which he mentioned it to be very high compared to the normal levels.

.“The water level as I’m talking is at 4.9 Metres of which is very high and if the rains or the water level increases the areas in the Delta will be at danger of floods,” said Mr. Bombe.

So far 6 people have died after being swept away by floods in Tana River county.