The County Government of Homa Bay rushed to the rescue of the more than 70 families that were left homeless by devastating winds and storms , known as “Nyakoi” in the outskirts of Homa Bay town last week.
Governor Cyprian Awiti visited the victims at Wahambla in Homa Bay Sub county and Kochia in Rangwe where he donated 100 Irion sheets.
The County Government had earlier teamed up with disaster teams from the Kenya Red Cross and the Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) in distributing food and blankets to the victims.
Speaking when he distributed the iron sheets, Mr Awiti said deforestation around the lake and on surrounding hills had exposed homes, schools and churches to storms.
He said his government has started an afforestation campaign to help increase the forest
“The Climate change is real. These natural disasters we are experiencing are as a result of environmental degradation,” said Mr Awiti.
He added: “ It is good no life was lost but the damage is enormous. I wish to thank Red Cross , MSF and other development partners for helping the victims.”
Mr Awiti distributed 300 and 700 iron sheets at Wahambla and Kochia villagers respectively.