After dam bursts, bishops urge Kenya to step up response to tragedies
Kenya’s bishops said they are deeply saddened by the loss of lives and large-scale destruction caused by flooding in the country and urged the government to step up its response to the tragedies.
A dam on a commercial farm in southwestern Kenya burst after heavy rains on 9th May, killing at least 45 people. Hundreds of homes, schools and churches were destroyed when the dam burst and water obliterated all in its path.
The tragedy, which raised the death toll from flooding in the East African nation to more than 150, is the worst and most shocking of the large-scale destruction across the country, the bishops said in an 11th May statement signed by Bishop John Oballa Owaa of Ngong, chairman of the bishops’ commission for justice and peace.
The bishops expressed “deep sadness over the deaths and devastation of the families who have suffered the wrath of the disasters that are coming along with the heavy rains.”
Picture: People walk inside a ravine caused by the Petal dam leak in Solai, Kenya, on 10th May. (CNS photo/Stringer, EPA).Tags: Bishop John Oballa Owaa, dam, flood, Kenya, Ngong