Flash floods in coastal Kenya leave many homeless and without clean water
Oct 24, 2011
Flash flooding in the coastal regions of Kenya have damaged schools, taken the lives of many and collapsed sewage systems, leading many to fear disease outbreaks in the coming months, IRIN reports.
Many of the coastal areas including Changamwe, Kisauni, Kongowea and Likoni have been submerged, making it increasingly difficult for residents to get clean water, food security and shelter. According to the source, residents are currently using boreholes to get water, though they are urging the government to intervene as sewage has now made its way into this source.
"Even water from the tap is smelling of sewage, we just don’t know what to do," Halima Hassan, a resident of Likoni, told the publication. "We fear we might start contracting diseases if nothing is done."
John Ndung'u, the public health officer in Changamwe, reports that other public health officers and area humanitarian groups have been checking in on the area to address sanitation issues.
"My colleagues from other districts around the region and I have been visiting public institutions, especially schools and villages in severely affected areas, to ensure that sanitation is good," he told the publication.