At least 5000 families displaced by Lake Victoria Back flow

houses submerged in water

More than 5000 families from six villages in Budalang’i, Busia County have been displaced following the back flow of Lake Victoria waters, causing floods.

Markets and schools have been submerged in water and residents are forced to use canoes to access their homes as water levels continue to rise.
Most affected villages include Mau Mau, Rukala Bulwani Maduwa and Mudimbya in Bunyala south.

The back flow of Lake Victoria is a unique phenomenon where waters from River Nzoia and Yala cannot flow inside the lake due to silting hence submerging villages

The phenomenon comes few months after the flooding caused by heavy rainfall upstream that displaced more than 6000 families.

The affected families have nowhere to go to and their only rescue is canoes and speed boats that help children access schools and the sick to get to hospital.

All road links have been cut off by the flooding waters and residents are now calling upon the government to drench the rivers.

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa visited the area on March 09, assessed the damage and distributed relief food to the affected families.

He promised to further support the affected families since all their farmlands have been destroyed and residents are left without a single source of food.

Wamalwa called on the National Lands Commission to Fast track the compensation process for residents affected by the lower Nzoia irrigation project.

“ I call upon the National lands commission to speed up the compensation process so that they resume their normal life,” said the CS.

The irrigation project was meant to construct permanent dykes along River Nzoia that will stop waters from flowing in farms.
To contain the back-flow, the CS said the government will deploy the dredger that is already drenching the Kisumu port to remove silt from the rivers to allow the water flow into to the lake without causing havoc to residents.

“we are going to deploy a dredger that will remove silt from rivers to avoid this back flow,” he said.