Kenyans living in Western, Central, Rift Valley and Coast regions have been warned to brace for heavy rainfall this weekend and take appropriate safety measures.
The Kenya Meteorological Department issued the warning in the wake of an announcement by the government that 194 people had been killed and more than 100,000 others have been displaced by heavy rains and floods in the past three weeks.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa urged Kenyans, especially those living in flood-prone areas, to listen to warnings issued by the authorities.
“If you live near a river, they have overflowed and burst their banks…you and your family are in danger. Listen to the directions you have been given by the national and county governments and experts so that you can move to safer areas. Many of them have been asking where they move to. The county commissioners know where they are supposed to be moved to,” Wamalwa said.
Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter in particular warned residents living downstream from Masinga dam and those moving upstream towards Turkwel dam to move away from those areas to safer grounds.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i while appealing to Kenyans to heed the warning said that the government may need to use additional force to evict Kenyans, particularly from Garissa and Tana River, in order to save their lives.
“I would like to ask our fellow citizens, we want to be as polite and as persuasive as we can ever be. When we tell you things as government, that this is dangerous for you, your health and for the rest of us, it is important to obey this. There are parts of this country where now we will be forced to sometimes apply a bit of force and move people out of areas they have decided to erect. This is science, this is not fiction and it is not even politics,” Matiang’i said.
Source(s): Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government
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