Recent flooding brings more food security woes for Kenya
Sep 30, 2011
Flash floods in northwest Kenya have put a hold on emergency relief aid to thousands of residents as bridges and streets have been swept away, IRIN reports.
Such flooding couldn't have come at a worse time for citizens of Kenya who are still suffering from months of severe drought that have left hundreds of thousands without food security or proper housing. Now, conditions are worsened as aid workers can't deliver the food and other supplies until roadways are fixed.
"East Pokot, with a population of over 300,000 people who rely on relief food, is the most affected," Osman Warfa, the Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner, told the publication. "It is still raining [and] almost all the roads from Chelkelgit [the district headquarters] where the food is stored are impassable. A number of bridges have been swept away."
Thus far, humanitarian groups have not been able to deliver adequate supplies to the area for two weeks. Certain vehicles are able to pass through in the high water, though they can only carry small amounts of food, making delivery slow and more costly.
"We are prepared to use all means, including airlifting relief food," Wafra added.