Torrential rain leaves South Sudan refugees homeless in Kakuma camp

Kakuma refugee camp (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

June 12th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A torrential rain has left several South Sudanese refugee families homeless in Kakuma’s refugee camp on Monday, camp leaders told the Nyamilepedia on Tuesday.

The rain, one camp leader said, started and continued in torrents throughout Monday night destroying houses and leaving several families homeless.

Ruach Gatkuoth, a block leader in the Camp told the Nyamilepedia in an interview that more than 20 households have been affected by the rain and that they were forced to relocate to safer blocks in the camp.

When we carried out an assessment in the block, today, there were more than 20 families who are in need of urgent relocation, the implementing agencies are working on it, hopefully they will be provided with the necessary assistance,” Gatkuoth said.

Established in 1992, Kakuma Refugee Camp is currently home to thousands of South Sudanese refugees seeking safety in Kenya. Most of them have been in Kenya since the Sudanese civil wars and the number increased following the outbreak of South Sudanese civil war in December 2013.

Due to absence of housing materials in the Camp setup, shelters are made of mud brick without being supported by strong poles, this subjects the houses susceptible to collapse during rainy season.

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