NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec – The death toll due to the ongoing floods across the country has hit 142 after six more fatalities were reported in last 24 hours.
According government spokesman Isaac Mwaura, the fatalities occurred in Tana River, Taita Taveta, Machakos and Kisumu.
He indicated that Turkana has been added to the list of counties on high alert due to the “intensifying floods.”
“The escalation of the floods has led to the establishment of five additional camps to accommodate the growing number of displaced individuals,” he stated.
Seventeen counties affected by floods are set to benefit from Cholera kits donated to the State Department of Public Health, by the World Health Organization.
The kits have been dispatched from the WHO regional hub to the Kenya Red Cross warehouse set for distribution.
“The Chlera kits donated to the state department of Public Health by the World Health Organization (WHO) are being dispatched from the WHO region hub to the Kenya Red Cross warehouse for the last mile of distribution to 17 counties,” Interior principle secretary Raymond Omullo said during the briefing.
Isiolo County is also set to receive mosquito nets on Saturday.
However, he said that diarrhea cases reported in Lamu, Garissa, Kwale, Mandera, and Wajir are being managed.
Outbreaks of pneumonic diseases in livestock have been recorded where 72 poultry,12 cattle, 1680mgoats, 728 sheep, and 1 camel have died due to the disease bringing the total animal death toll to 2493.
“The floods have also affected livestock and agriculture, with acreage of farmlands submerged, and an outbreak of pneumonic cattle disease, 72 poultry, 12 cattle, 1680 goats, 728 sheep, and 1 camel have died,” the PS spotlighted.