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calls for speedy efforts
in helping Coast floods victims
7.000 residents of Tana Delta region
who have been displaced by the recent floods
do not have access to proper healthcare
(Xinhua) -- The international medical
charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Friday
called for concerted efforts in assisting the people
who have been displaced or rendered homeless after
weeks of flooding in Tana Delta, coastal region.
In a statement issued in Nairobi,
MSF said the people of Tana Delta region where over
200 people were killed and 5,000 others displaced
last year due to tribal fighting, are still in
urgent need of food, shelter, access to clean
drinking water and medical services.
"MSF is calling for more
concerted efforts to provide food and other basic
items to the thousands of people displaced by floods
in the area," the medical charity said in the
Nearly 7,000 residents of Tana Delta
region who have been displaced by the recent floods do
not have access to proper healthcare.
Existing facilities are experiencing
drug shortages and a lack of staff; some people have
been cut off completely as the water levels continue
The most affected regions by heavy
rains are in Western Kenya, Coastal region and parts
of Rift Valley where heavy rains have washed away
bridges and rendered many roads impassable, making
difficult efforts to reach thousands of people made
homeless by the flooding.
MSF has been working in Kenya since
It is providing medical care and
non-medical supplies to the displaced in the Tana
Delta region since the onset of the floods.
"As many people were unable to
bring supplies with them when they moved to higher
ground, MSF teams have distributed kits of non-food
items to over 900 families in internally displaced
persons (IDP) camps," MSF said.
The medical charity said these kits
include mosquito nets and plastic sheeting for
However, there is an urgent need for
food supplies as many people have seen their crops
destroyed and their livestock drown.
"I left Chewele a week and a
half ago after losing all my things in the floods.
"At least I managed to move
with all my five children thanks to the efforts of
"All our goats and other cattle
"Now I’m here and have
received utensils, but there is nothing to
cook," said 36-year-old Riziki Juma from
Chewele, now living in Molokani camp.
Heavy rains that started three weeks
ago led to the Tana River bursting its banks and
causing floods all over the area.
The quality of water is poor due to
the floods and latrines have collapsed. MSF is helping
the local community in Bura and Garsen areas and in
Dalango and Molokani IDP camps to build new latrines.
MSF teams are also providing basic
water and sanitation services like water treatment
with purification tablets.
die in house collapse in
Burundi’s Kirundo province
-- Four people of one family died while two
others were seriously injured after their house
collapsed on them during torrential rains that hit a
village on Tuesday night in Burundi, local
administrator said on Wednesday.
"Torrential rains hit several
villages of the commune of Ntega around 21:00 (19:00
"But Kigaga was the worst hit
with a house completely destroyed which was hosting
Four of them – a man, his wife and
two of their children died – while two other
children were seriously injured," said Ntega
Administrator Marin Hitimana.
Hitimana said the injured children
were evacuated to Ntega health center where they are
receiving medical care.
He said the victims were sleeping when
the house collapsed on them.
The administrator of Ntega indicated
that during the last two weeks, rains that have been
hitting the commune of Ntega have destroyed at least
10 houses and four schools in that commune.
Hitimana called on charity
organizations to assist the victims and called for
solidarity amongst residents of Ntega.
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