Yellowmen of Kadongdong

Floods and Landslides Devastate Parts of Kenya

Torrential rains in West Pokot County, Kenya, have caused devastating floods and landslides killing over 70 people and making thousands homeless and displaced. Eddie McCall the coordinator for Senlac Rotary’s charity, The Yellowmen, said, “As if poverty and malnutrition weren't sufficient to grind down the lives of the poor of those living in West Pokot County, torrential rain has brought misery to tens of thousands.” The Yellowmen’s base is in Marich in West Pokot where they visit twice a year and  provide both physical assistance and advice on constructing clinics, schools, health care and education. Eddie expressed relief that those living in the immediate area of Marich were safe, “The flooding there has not been great even though the main bridge from Marich Village to Sigor is down following an accident on the bridge involving a heavy lorry carrying emergency food supplies. However, the market town of Ortum has been badly hit and some villages and bridges near the county town of Kapenguria have been wrecked. The worst rains struck at night and people awoke to find their huts already in the grip of huge landslides. First light saw villagers crying as they pulled their dead out of the deep mud which had consumed them. One villager, with his head in his hands said that he had always been poor but had a family but now he has lost his wife and 4 sons. He has nothing!”

The Yellowmen will return to Kenya in January 2020 and continue their work supported as always by local people here in Sussex and elsewhere. You can learn more about the Yellowmen and their work  and find details for making donations by logging on to their website at yellowmen.org