Event Report

Event Description

Flood in Kenya on Sunday, 12 May, 2013 at 16:01 (04:01 PM) UTC.

The flood situation along the River Nyando Basin in Nyanza has worsened after the river burst its banks, displacing more than 1,000 people. Three schools have been closed indefinitely after River Nyando burst its banks following heavy down pour that pounded most parts of Nyanza province last night. Learning was paralyzed in Ahero Girls Secondary School, Kokwach Primary and Apondo Primary Schools after their classrooms, toilets and kitchen were submerged. The Kisumu County Director of Education, Beatrice Adu said they decided to close schools to avoid a catastrophe. Area District Commissioner, Isaiah Tanui says that more schools affected by floods are likely to be closed down due the situation because the environment is not conducive for learning. Western Kenya Red Cross coordinator Emmanuel Owako said the situation was pathetic and their response was overwhelmed as they were faced with difficulties in ensuring the safety of the affected families. In response to the floods, the Kenya Red Cross Western branch has organized a free medical camp for the displaced families as an outbreak of water borne diseases is imminent.

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