Heavy rains disturb learning in Mandera County as floods wreck havoc

Residents fear possible outbreak of water born diseases. (Courtesy)

Most schools in Mandera County remain closed as the second term enters its fourth week because of heavy rains.

Few schools that were not affected by the floods and submerged  are still hosting people who were displaced.

Many teachers have not reported back to work after schools closed for April holiday last month.

Most non local teachers travelled to their homes upcountry and the few buses that are plying the Mandera Nairobi highway are now spending four to five days for a journey that would normally take two days during the dry season.

The only tarmacked road in North Eastern ends in Garissa. The rains have rendered many roads in the region impassable.

Kullow Mohamed, the Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary has appealed to school heads to give teachers more time to report back to school.

“We understand our children’s education is badly affected since the second term  has already started. But, there is nothing we can do to stop the rains because it is mother nature,” Kullow said.

Since the floods started, the two counties of Mandera and Wajir have been the  worst hit with prices of food commodities being hiked.

Residents living  along the Tana river county in Garissa town were  swept by floods, destroying their properties and farms.


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