Floods displace 300 families in Tana River

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.

A least 300 families living along River Tana have been displaced by floods.

The floods were occasioned by the ongoing rains across the country.

The most affected areas are Ziwani, Bakuyu, Bulla Sheikh, Windsor, and Mororo in Tana River County.

The displaced residents are camping at ATC grounds, Kazuku primary school, Young Muslim, and along the Garissa – Nairobi highway.

The weatherman predicted heavy rainfall in various parts of the country over the next five days.

“Heavy rainfall at the coastal strip will be accompanied by strong winds of 20 knots and large waves of 2metres. Areas  of Concern include  Kwale, Kilifi, Mombasa, Lamu, Tana-River, Taita Taveta.”Kenya meteorological dept said in a statement.

Arid Lands Development Focus CEO Ahmed Ibrahim said the situation at the displacement camps remains dire as a majority of the displaced families are victims of the desert locust who destroyed their crops, leaving them with no food.

The development comes a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta called on Kenyans living in flood-prone areas to move to higher grounds.

The residents have been displaced after floods rocked Tana River just three months after returning to their homes after they were initially displaced in December last year.