Flooding crisis has become normalcy in the country
219 people are dead following the heavy rains that have intensified in Kenya over the past three weeks, causing displacement, flooding, and landslides. The worst-hit areas include Mandera, Kirinyaga, and Tana River.
According to the Government’s National Disaster Operations Centre flooding has been reported in more than three-quarters of Kenya’s counties with landslides reported in the Rift Valley, the central and coastal regions.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugine Wamalwa says “The most urgent issue now in the Ministry is to bring relief to families affected by floods. Emergency response has so far been good and effective. Beginning July, we should have the rains subside”
In an interview, the CS argued that the long term solution for the raging floods in the country is building dams. Nevertheless, there have been scandals related to dams bearing no fruits to end the year in year out flooding crisis.
Wamalwa adding that the ministry has Ksh120 Billion dedicated specifically for the development of Northern Kenya saying the contractor is already on-site and all they need is people to move. However, those moved by water will be compensated.
People affected by the floods are a worried lot due to the spread of Coronavirus that they say will increase due to the floods not forgetting the waterborne diseases.