Leaders in Kwale County have empathised with residents affected by fire at Kiwambale Village along the Kanana Shimoni road in Lunga Lunga Sub-county.

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A huge fire gutted down six houses at the village (on Tuesday) leaving at least 44 people including children, homeless.

Accompanied by his team, Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani visited the scene of the disaster in Pongwe location with my team and donated food, money and iron sheets for the families to start rebuilding their homes. 

The lawmaker promised to hold a funds drive in a week's time to raise more money for the affected families to rebuild their homes.

"My office is organising a fund drive in the next one week so that we can raise more money to rebuild the houses and make the families live more comfortable. I'm glad that leaders and other well wishers donated food, mattresses and other stuff to help the victims," he said.

On their part, Governor Salim Mvurya and his Deputy Fatuma Achani sent 20 mattresses, bales of maize flour, bags of rice, cooking oil, clothes, beans, kitchenware including sufurias, cups, plates and other cutlery and several other items to help the victims return to normal life.

Speaking on their behalf, Roads and Infrastructure CeC Hemed Mwabudzo said the victims will be assisted until they return to their normal life.

"Their excellencies are with you all the way. They have also asked for the list of affected students for whom they will buy uniforms and books to make sure they return to school at once," said Mwabudzo.

Kenya Red Cross who are partners of the county also assisted the victims.