The government has deployed police helicopter to deliver
relief food to more than 8000 families affected by floods in Wajir North
This is after the road connecting villages and Wajir town
was cut and the bridge at Gurar area collapsing, blocking trucks carrying the
food and non-food products from accessing the area.
Visiting the area, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene
Wamalwa, Wajir County Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud, and Wajir North MP Hon.
Ahmed Abdisalan assessed the area saying it was badly hit by flash floods.
“We saw a lot of devastation, more than 300 buildings
including the school have been swept away and the road completely cut off from
wajir side connecting moyale,” said Governor Mohamed Abdi Mohamud.
Part of the road cut off by flash floods. Image|Courtey
The areas affected include Buna, Ajawa and Gurar town, which
have been cut off by the collapsed bridge between at Gurar River.
CS Wamalwa said that trucks carrying relief food have stuck
at the bridge for more than six days, forcing the government to airlift the
food to the affected areas.
“We have mobilized enough food, though the villages cannot
be accessed since they have been cut off by floods. Trucks have stuck at the
Kotulo area, where the bridge was cut off from connecting to the interior pars
of the villages,” said CS Wamalwa.
He added that it is not only the food which is airlifted, but
“also other non-food products including clothes, blankets among others.
Heavy rains experienced in the area have occasioned flash
floods which have cut off roads and deserted villages resulting to a number of
deaths and lose of properties.
According to Wajir County Director of Education Hussein
Osman, four school children died on Tuesday, after drowning in Eldas area.
He also added that as a result of the heavy rains, some
examination centers have been moved.