Saturday, August 15, 2020
People living down stream near rivers, landslide and flood prone areas have been told to move to safer grounds, to avert disaster.
In a joint press conference with the Cabinet Secretary of Interior Fred Matiang’i, Devolution,  Eugene Wamalwa, Water and sanitation, Cicily Kariuki, ICT, Joe Mucheru and Energy, Charles Keter, the government has warned those who will not move on their own from the marked areas, that will be forcefully moved in a bid to avoid disaster and save lives.
The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned that the current rains will not subside until the end of May, and there is more likely to be more landslides in central Kenya,  and floods in Eastern , Coast , Western, Nyanza and Nairobi regions.
During the media briefing held at the Kenya Meteorological Department,  Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko warned that Kenyans should take serious government advisories issued concerning the floods and landslides, hence move to safer grounds.
CS Tobiko said there is an urgent need to address deforestation and land degradation to avert disasters like mudslides and floods which are being witnessed.
CS Tobiko said; “The effects of climate change are real as being witnessed now,  with the raging floods and landslides, we should protect and conserve the environment against vagaries of climate change”.
Speaking during the press conference, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i,  said the level of government alertness will remain high and called on Kenyans to cooperate with local authorities and county commissioners to move to safer grounds.
Dr. Matiang’i added that the government will continue to give food donations and essential items to those affected by floods, while some will receive direct cash transfer to buy food.
Energy CS Charles Keter said Turkwel Gorge dam and Masinga Dam have filled to maximum capacity reaching unprecedented levels in history and the overflow water will affect those in Garissa and Tana River, they should move to safer grounds.
Devolution CS , Eugene Wamalwa regretted that in the last 24hrs, 30 people had died in the raging  floods, and warned that there is going to be more disaster if people don’t heed the  advisories.
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