Kitale, 26 November, 2019 / 9:58 am (ACI Africa).
With at least 58 people confirmed dead and property destroyed including homes following ongoing heavy rains in Kenya’s West Pokot region causing landslides, Catholic Church officials are calling for urgent assistance to save lives.
According to Caritas Kitale, this is "the worst natural disaster ever to have hit the county in the recent past."
“Families are in need of shelter, food, clothing, medicine, mosquito nets,” reads part of a report by Caritas Kitale to Caritas Kenya, referencing the effects of the heavy rains in the affected area of Kenya’s Kitale diocese.
"Caritas Kitale has asked the people in the neighborhood to support affected families with food, shelter and clothing through the affected parishes," Caritas Kenya, the Catholic Bishops’ development and humanitarian arm in the East African country has reported.
Speaking to ACI Africa about the situation on the ground, the director of Caritas Kitale, Alexander Barasa said Monday, November 25, "A father, mother with four children, you see that three children died, then the mother, father and one child survived. So, the families are traumatized."