Governor Josphat Nanok today led a review of emergency response after heavy rainfall caused deadly flooding in a section of Lodwar town and other areas of Turkana.
The Governor commended a joint rescue team involved in rescue efforts from Friday night, who saved a number of people who could not get out of their homes after floodwaters engulfed low-lying areas along River Turkwel.
The Governor led the team which included Turkana Central MP John Lodepe, MCAs Robert Lowoko and James Ikeny in assessment visits across town and addressed residents affected.
He called for caution after reports that heavy rainfall will continue raising danger of a continuation of the floods.
The Governor informed residents that the County Government with support from national government and other partners will begin supplying clean water after the floods destroyed nine of the 12 boreholes serving the town with water. Affected families will also receive emergency kitty and relief food after completion of rapid assessment by disaster team.
County Commissioner Wambua Muthama announced that three people had been confirmed dead with additional reporting from the Sub-Counties yet to be received.
He joined the Governor in calling for caution and announced that barriers will be set at Kawalathe River to deter people and vehicles from crossing. Additional teams of police has only been deployed to beef up security of areas vacated by residents after the floods.
The emergency response team is led by Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei and Chief Officer for Public Service and Disaster Management Gladys Arika and includes representatives from Kenya Red Cross, UNICEF, National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Oxfam CARITAS, Save the Children, Word Vision among others.