Makueni County requires Ksh 1 Billion to recover floods losses

Athi Bridge after Tuesday's downpour, the bridge connects Kitui County with Makueni County

Following the heavy rainfall that has caused flooding in several parts of Makueni,a huge amount of money is required to do all the necessary repairs to the damaged rural access roads,earth dams and the footbridges that have been broken down curtailing penetration of people to the interior villages.

Makueni county government requires at least Sh1 billion to recover from the effects of floods which left have left 17 peopld dead and several homeless in the county.

Governor Kivutha Kibwana said this during a meeting with Makueni leaders to strategise how to handle emergency responses. Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr was part of the consultations held with a view to ending the further loss of lives and destruction of properties by the ongoing flooding.

The county report on the flooding menace reveals that 26 dams were breached, tens of houses collapsed and several acres of crops destroyed across the county.The report further indicates that Sh205 million is required to repair the water pans while Sh282 million is required to repair damaged rural roads connecting to the interior villages.

“We estimate the cost of complete repairs and restoration of people’s livelihoods will be over Sh2 billion,” Kibwana said.

The Governor added that Sh500 million is required to facilitate immediate repair works to the damaged feeder roads connecting the villages,footbridges and the earth dams in order to restore normalcy.

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