Fear among Murang’a residents as they wake up to sunk and flooded houses
Residents of Murang'a County were in shock and fear following the sinking of several houses and abrupt development of water springs both inside the houses and in the farms. The most affected sub counties were Kangema, Mathioya and Kigumo.
The scenes caused fear as residents had never witnessed such events, not even during the El Nino rains. The effects are however suspected to be triggered by the ongoing long rains that had caused havoc in several parts of the country.
“The sinking of houses is a strange thing that has never happened before. It has caused a lot of damage and trauma where more than 300 households have been affected. We have seen houses that have sunk five to ten feet. Others have been split in the middle, alongside pools of water inside the houses. It is devastating,” narrated Gitonga Mugambi, Kenya Red Cross Manager, Central Region.
The Kenya Red Cross Society was on the ground aiding the affected families to relocate to higher and safer ground. The distribution of Non Food Items (NFIs) continued, as well as the provision of door-to-door psychosocial support.