BUDALANGI: Bunyala Sub County residents are being urged to evacuate to higher ground as heavy rains threaten to cause severe flooding in the area. This alert was issued by Bunyala Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Dr. Paul Papa following forecasts by the meteorological department predicting intense rainfall in the coming days, raising fears of flash floods, particularly in low-lying regions.
According to Kenya News Agency, Dr. Papa’s directive was communicated during a community engagement in Bunyala Sub County. He emphasized the necessity for immediate action, instructing local Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs to advise residents in flood-prone areas to seek safety on higher grounds. “Our foremost priority is the safety of our residents in the face of rising water levels caused by the overflowing River Nzoia,” he stated.
According to Dr. Papa, parts of Bunyala South and Bunyala central wards are already inundated, resulting in significant crop damage and destruction of some homes. He called for immediate intervention from the disaster department and NGOs to provide essential support, including transport, health services, and relief food for those affected by the floods.
Dr. Papa highlighted that emergency shelters are being established at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga construction site, where essential amenities such as food, water, and medical assistance will be available. The local security team, in collaboration with the office of the area MP, has organized 10 boats to aid in evacuating families from the affected regions.
He urged residents not to ignore the severity of the impending weather conditions, stressing the importance of evacuation for those in vulnerable areas. “The rising water level at River Nzoia, currently at 3.9 meters, is a clear indication of the imminent threat,” Dr. Papa warned.
Authorities are actively monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates as necessary. The community is advised to heed official instructions and take all necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones during this high-risk period.