Environmental degradation linked to changing rainfall patterns

The legal advisor in the office of the deputy president Dr. Abraham Sing’oei (Right) joins other leaders in a dance during a funds drive for churches at Matisi primary School in Saboti constituency. Photo/Courtesy

Environmental degradation has been linked to an increase in cases of flooding being witnessed in some parts of the country with the government being challenged to find a lasting solution to the perennial menace.

The legal advisor in the office of the deputy president Dr. Abraham Sing’oei noted that deforestation and agricultural activities along river lines largely accounts for flooding in Trans Nzoia.

“The Government should address the challenge of climate change which largely contributes to changing rainfall patterns that are to blame for the flooding,” Dr. Sing’oei spoke during a funds drive for churches in Saboti.

More than 400 families have been displaced at Tembelela village within Kapomboi location after River Sabwani broke its banks owing to heavy rains being witnessed in the region.

He also called on the County Government of Trans Nzoia to be pro-active in handling cases of emergency like offering solutions to displaced families instead of relying solely on the national government.

Separately, Devolution cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said the National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority will complete construction of Maliki flood control dykes to curb flooding.

“We also warn road construction contractors within the region against demolishing infrastructure put in place to control the flow of water since it has accounted to the menace,” Mr. Wamalwa spoke at Namanjalala.

Trans Nzoia county government’s director of environment Godfrey Wekesa says most residents who live next to rivers have defied environmental regulations that prohibit human activities along the banks.

“Farming and the plantation of high water consumption trees like eucalyptus along the rivers is a great risk to their survival of our rivers. This has to be stopped,” said Mr. Wekesa in Kitale.

The environment officer further said most locals have developed a habit of engaging in environmental destruction habits which range from farming to illegal logging of trees.