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Garissa residents worried of malaria outbreak as River Tana bursts banks

Arangi P. Arangi
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Residents seeking refuge in safer places after heavy downpour in Garissa[ Photo/nation.co.ke]

Garissa residents worried of malaria outbreak as River Tana bursts banks Hundreds of families in Garissa are pleading for help from the county and national governments after the River Tana banks burst following heavy downpour. 

The heavy rains have affected different areas including Mororo, Bakuyu and Ziwani. The residents of these areas have been compelled to seek shelter in Garissa town following the heavy floods in their homes. 

The families have also lost properties of unknown value following the rains. Halima Ilesa, who is the chairperson of Sala ward, said that the residents are worried about malaria outbreak due to the rains.

"We are also fearing an outbreak of malaria since most of the residents don't have mosquito nets. We are appealing to the government and humanitarian agencies to come to our aid," said Halima.

Abdallah Umuro, a resident of Mororo, said that they are yet to receive assistance from both the governments despite pleading for the same. 

"Our houses have collapsed and all valuables have been washed away. We have now erected temporary shelters as we wait for assistance," he said. 

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