As recovery efforts enter day 4 following the landslides at West Pokot County, the County Government of Uasin Gishu has continued to offer support to hasten the recovery of bodies swept away by floods and buried in the debris while also opening up roads whose bridges were swept away to allow residents move easily to safer grounds.
On a welfare check of residence of West Pokot and county staff who have been deployed to the area, Roads Administrator Mr. John Kimingi and Eng. Linus Yego, Director Roads, applauded the team for the resilience they had shown while discharging their duties in the sister county.
We are here to check on the welfare of our officers and give assurance to the people of West Pokot on our commitment to offering the necessary support from Uasin Gishu County Government,” said Eng. Yego
Residents of West Pokot County were excited meeting the officials from Uasin Gishu longing to pass their gratitude to the Governor H. E Jackson K. Arap Mandago EGH, for being a brother’s keeper at a time of need.
With the county waking up to another disaster today of a bridge collapsing at Marich while a track carrying relief food tried to pass through, it was all day busy for county leaders as they assured the people of West Pokot of their well being even in the hard times they were going through.
The director disaster management, Mr. Philemon Lotudo, thanked Uasin Gishu for being the first county to offer support in the event of the disaster.
In a very emotional statement, the director thanked the governor and the staff of Uasin Gishu for standing with them.
“We don’t know how to thank H. E Mandago, EGH and the people of Uasin Gishu. We have known the importance of our neighborhood and this has awoken us to strengthen our ties through the North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB),” he said.
…. The floodlights from Uasin Gishu have enabled us to work overnight as we don’t have electricity as all-electric poles were brought down by the floods. May God bless Mandago, for coming through for the people of West Pokot before anyone else did. His machineries are still here and without that, we wouldn’t have accessed some parts of the roads,” He added
At Sebit Primary school, the county machinery was diverting backwater that had broken its river banks and swept off part of the school said to have a student population of 1500.
The school deputy principal Mr. Clement Liman, said that the county machinery had helped clear the way for them to access the school and also recover bodies submerged inside the water.
” We have been able to recover 16 bodies from around this area, thanks to the Uasin Gishu team that has worked tirelessly with our county officers,” said Mr. Liman.
The death toll from Saturday’s landslide in West Pokot has risen to 47, with the focus shifting to help for displaced families.