Heavy Rains in Teso Leave One Dead, Five Injured

Destroyed houses and trees in Teso North sub county following the ongoing heavy downpour in the area. PHOTO/COURTESY

Busia County, Kenya | THE BLACK EXAMINER | A severe downpour on Tuesday evening in Teso North Sub County resulted in one fatality and five injuries. The rain also left over 35 families in the Osia and Papai areas homeless as their houses were demolished. Furthermore, the storm destroyed electricity transmission lines, causing a blackout in parts of Ang’urai North Ward.

Kakurikit Senior Chief Julius Ekirapa confirmed that a 72-year-old woman, Pelesta Akumu, lost her life when her house collapsed during the downpour. The DCC Teso North, Stephen Wambura, echoed these concerns and called for urgent assistance from the national disaster department and humanitarian organizations.

At present, one person has died, and five individuals have been hospitalized, with significant damage to people’s farms.

The Osia-Kakurikit-Katotoi road was partially blocked as heavy winds brought down trees, obstructing a key road linking Kenya to Uganda. Farmers and business owners suffered substantial losses, with crops and livestock damaged.

Residents are now appealing to the national and county governments for assistance, especially for those whose homes were entirely destroyed and who lack alternative housing. This incident is the first time Angurai ward has witnessed such severe rainfall causing significant destruction, leaving residents counting property and life losses.

This event follows a windstorm that destroyed six classrooms at Dadira primary school in Butula sub-county just one day earlier. Earlier in the month, over 40 houses were destroyed in Nambale and five houses in Funyula, bringing the total number of houses destroyed in Busia County to 85 within one month.

The incident occurred two days after President William Ruto stated that the country would not experience the El Nino rains as earlier predicted by the Kenya Meteorological Department, which had warned of El Nino occurring from mid-October to December.

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Teso North Constituency Manager Richard Opangala has cautioned against underestimating the impact of the ongoing rainfall in Busia County, emphasizing the need for precautions.

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