The town is experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crisis in its history. Kenya Red Cross officials estimated that more than 30,000 families had been forced out of their homes. The displaced families have packed into police station compounds, churches, schools and mosques to capacity. But the families, mainly women and children, are facing a serious shortage of food and water as all shops and supermarkets remained closed. Uchumi Supermarket, which had remained the only open shopping outlet, was closed yesterday after it ran out of stocks. There is also a shortage of medicine and sanitation. We are kindly appealing to donors and humanitarian organisations to help supply food items to the women and children that are facing starvation, said Mrs Mary Kiptanui, a volunteer with the Kenya Red Cross. Calls were being made yesterday that a way be cleared to enable displaced people travel to their rural areas. We are facing a critical humanitarian and security situation in Eldoret, said Mr Mohamud Jama an elder in the town. There is heavy fighting in the outskirts and there are no signs that the flare-ups will end any time soon, he added. Many bodies lay at the Moi University Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary. We need urgent measures to help us collect the bodies from the mortuary for burial, said Mr Jama.