News Release


Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Eldoret District accompanied by Brother Dominic Kogo on Monday 03 Feb 2020 traveled to West Pokot to deliver a consignment 2,240 bags of Cement to the County Government. The cement is a donation from the Church through its humanitarian service organization, Latter-day Saints Charities and is meant to help with rebuilding shelters for the displaced families in West Pokot who were affected by the devastating floods late last year.


Incidences of landslides and flooding were experienced on the night of November 22, 2019 in various parts of the County. The landslides were confirmed to have occurred in Tapach and Batei wards (Pokot South Sub-county) and WeiWei ward (Pokot Central Sub-county). Flooding occurred along riverine areas in main rivers (Wei Wei, Muruny, Kerelwa and Parua)which broke their banks. The flooding and landslides led to massive loss of lives, destruction of bridges while crops, settlements and livestock were swept away. As a result of this disaster, the affected community was left in dire need of food, shelter, medical attention, water treatment chemicals and other humanitarian disaster interventions. In addition, four bridges, two along the Kitale-Lodwar road (Sebit and Ortum bridges) and the other two along Sigor-Chesegon road (Marich and Chepera bridges) were cut-off. The destruction of bridges has disrupted communication network in the area, affecting normal operations.


The Governor of West Pokot H.E Prof John Lonyangapuo was present at the brief ceremony to receive the cement and flag it off to go to the destined areas where the houses will be built to provide shelter for the resettled families. It was a moment of joy as brothers and sisters shared in this great opportunity to serve one another and be there for each other at a time of great need.

The Kenya Red Cross under the guidance of Nicholas Kemboi the Regional Coordinator were also present on the ground. The Governor sincerely appreciated the support rendered and confirmed that construction of the houses to resettle the victims will commence immediately and by April the project should be completed.

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