Expert’s advice on mitigating effects of floods

Disaster management expert Philemon Samoei addressees Journalists in Kitale. Photo/Aspect News

Government agencies have been challenged to develop prompt response mechanisms to meteorological forecasts in mitigation measures to avoid loss of lives caused by heavy rainfall.

A disaster management expert Philemon Samoei said most of the cases of lives and deaths can be avoided if the government moves from merely issuing alerts to effecting relocation.

“We must be always ready for disasters by coming up with practical mitigation strategies. Planning ahead is always the best way to curb losses,” Mr. Samoei spoke in Kitale.

He also said that there is a need to carry out periodic analysis of infrastructure like bridges and buildings to ascertain if they can withstand heavy rainfall for prior advises to residents within the proximity.

“There is also need by the government to ensure that the road infrastructure is constructed to standards that can withstand heavy rains and flooding to evade losses experienced during heavy rain seasons,” said Mr. Samoei.

More than 50 lives were lost in West Pokot after homes were swept under by landslides brought about by heavy rains being witnessed across the county. The Road was infrastructure was also cut off.

On Friday, a lorry got submerged in Kimothon river at Endebess in Trans Nzoia after a diversion bridge on the under construction Kitale–Suam Highway got swept away by heavy water occasioned by heavy downpour.

Last month, more than 400 families have been displaced at Tembelela village within Kwanza constituency after River Sabwani broke its banks owing to heavy rains being witnessed in the region.