Voi River broke its banks due to heavy rainfall in Taita Hills, leading to widespread flooding in several villages adjacent to the river. The affected areas include Tanzania, Mwingoni, Msambweni, and Ghaza. Property worth millions was destroyed on Saturday night after devastating floods swept through several residential areas in the outskirts of Voi town in Taita-Taveta County. No fatalities were reported, though dozens of domestic animals including goats, dogs, cats, and chickens drowned in several homesteads.
Rescue operations started at 2 am in the morning after distress calls were received. Security agencies, county government officials, and Red Cross workers braved heavy rainfall to evacuate hundreds of local residents to safer grounds. The Kenya Red Cross rescued over 100 people at Msambweni while 500 others were rescued by community members at Tanzania informal settlement in Voi Town. Rescue efforts are ongoing in other places within the town at Mlegwa and Manyatta.
The flooding comes barely a week after the government evacuated hundreds of families from landslide-prone zones in Wundanyi sub-county. The worst-hit areas include Tanzania, Mwingoni, Msambweni, and Ghaza.
It is important to note that flooding can cause significant damage to property and infrastructure, and can also pose a risk to human life. It is essential to take precautions and follow safety guidelines during such events. If you are in an area that is prone to flooding, it is advisable to stay informed about weather conditions and to follow the advice of local authorities.