Floods Wreak Havoc To Homesteads In Shompole After Pakase River Bursts Its Banks

More than 32 households in Shompole were on Thursday afternoon submerged in floods after River Pakase bursts its banks in Kajiado County.

Kajiado West DCC William Kakimoni talked on the phone.

The incident happened when most people were out in the fields either grazing their livestock or away in the local market.

Former area MCA Peter Pariken said several goats’ kids and chicken were reportedly swept away by the floods.

“People have now started arriving in their homes and are yet to count loses if any. We thank God that this happened during the day because it could have been disastrous if it found people asleep at night,” said Pariken on the phone.

Kajiado West deputy county commissioner William Kakimoni confirmed the same and said the area is unreachable on road.

“It is true that more than 32 homesteads are now submerged in water, and I have appealed to the people to move to higher grounds just in case more floods may occur,” said Kakimoni.

The DCC said the floods occurred in the area and there was no rain in Shompole or around the bordering location.

“That water came from Narok County and snakes in to Kajiado at the end of Shompole hills in the north. The local people told me they have never seen such a thing in over 50 years. They said the last time such floods occurred in the area was in 1962,” said Kakimoni.

Kajiado Central DCC Charles Wambogo

He appealed to Kenya Red Cross to move to the area with food items and clothes, and also help evacuate those still marooned in the water.

“The place can only be reached by a helicopter. I hope the people will cooperate with my chiefs who are on the ground advising them to move to higher grounds,” said the DCC.

Pariken had earlier said he spotted household items like beds and mattresses being carried away by floods.

“That water must have wrecked havoc along the way. It is my prayer that no humans drowned in the water,” said Pariken.

The incident occurred only two days after several houses were destroyed by floods in Maili Tisa area of Kajiado Central Sub County.

County Commissioner David Kipkemei has advised motorists against driving in the night in areas they are not familiar with.

Mashuuru DCC, Stephen Nyakundi, said on the phone that all the roads in the sub county have been closed by floods.

Mashuuru DCC Stephen Nyakundi said road situation is agonising.

“Crops like tomatoes are now rotting in the farms due to heavy rains in the area. All the roads leading to Kajiado, Sultan Hamud and Salama are not passable, and therefore no transporters to ferry farm products out of Mashuuru,” Nyakundi said.



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