On Sunday, November 19, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua advised Kenyans living in low-lying areas to relocate to higher grounds so as to avoid the risk of El Nino rains.
The DP disclosed in a statement that the number of counties affected by El Nino rains has surged from 19 to 33 in the last week. Kenyans in the impacted counties were therefore urged to relocate to safer areas.
Counties affected by El Nino Rains
Among the counties affected by El Nino are Mombasa, Garissa, Tana River, Makueni, Marsabit, Kilifi, Kwale, Meru, Isiolo, Turkana, Samburu, Wajir, Homa Bay, and Busia.
Gachagua informed the public that a command center had been established at the Kenya Defence Forces Headquarters while he issued the evacuation order.
He added that the KDF and other important parties will conduct continuous aerial and ground surveillance to keep an eye on the situation and pinpoint emergency zones that require intervention.
“Government helicopters are on joint rescue missions of marooned families, distribution of humanitarian aid- foods and non-food items, medical supplies, among others,” the DP announced.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua speaks more
Deputy President Gachagua also reported that the heavy rains has affected at least 80,000 households. In order to support the National Government’s mitigation efforts, he urged county governments to allocate and release additional funds.
“Call on our partners to enhance their financial, technical, and logistical support in reducing and mitigating the impact of the El Nino,” he added.
Additionally, Kenyans were counseled against taking chances like driving or strolling through floodwaters.
Lastly, Gachagua gave the populace assurances that all Kenyans would be safe and secure under President William Ruto’s administration.
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