At Ombaka primary school in Ahero, Kisumu County, the devastation of families who sought refuge here is pasted on their faces.
For two weeks now, six classrooms at this school have been sheltering about 200 families who were displaced after River Nyando broke its banks following heavy rains that have been witnessed in various parts of the country.
In a few hours, these families will have to seek alternative shelter.
“Mimi hata sujui tutafanyaje vile tutafanya na watoto kwanza mimi niko na mtoto wa Grade 3 na mwingine ni wa Grade 7 na wataanza shule kesho sasa sijui nitaenda wapi na watoto na ata kama wataingia shule,” says Molly Odhiambo, a resident of Ombaka.
Another resident, Leonard Ogolla, says, “Wababa watoto na wazee kama mimi tunateseka tunaomba serikali tena jamani kesho angalia sisi kesho sisi tuanenda kuisi wapi na ministry tayari inaenda kufungua shule kesho.”
Similar sentiments were shared by about 100 families in Siaya County who sought refuge at Uhembo primary school after floods wreaked havoc in Alego Usonga.
The residents say their initial plan to relocate to a church ahead of schools reopening tomorrow has hit a snag.
“Tuliongea jana na Chief na Assistant Chief tukaamua tulete hao watu kwa kanisa ya ACK lakini kufika sasa akaribu saa sita padre wa CAK ameturudishia maneno ati hao watu wasiende huko sasa kufikia saa hii hatujui hao watu wataenda wapi ata na Watoto,” says Joakim Okombo, the chairman of the disaster committee in Usonga.