Kenya Red Cross Society has mapped out over 2,900 households in Trans Nzoia County that are likely to be affected by El Nino rains expected from October 2023 to January 2024.
Ruth Mining’wo, the society’s coordinator in Trans Nzoia county said the mapped out households are in some parts of Kwanza, Saboti and Kiminini Constituencies.
“We have done mapping of 2,900 households, especially in the floods perennial area but even if this number goes up, we are prepared to handle the numbers,” Mining’wo said.
In an interview with Uasin Gishu News, the Kenya Red Cross county coordinator urged residents of the mapped-out areas to move to higher grounds.
“Because we know floods will displace people from their homes, destroy properties and even claim people’s lives, we are making a passionate appeal that people should move to higher safe grounds,” she appealed.
Early warning-early action initiatives
In addition, Mining’wo said the Kenya Red Cross Society has already put up early warning-early action initiatives.
The initiatives include a community disaster response team which has already been set up to educate members of the public on how to mitigate the effects of the anticipated heavy rains.
She also stated that the Kenya Red Cross has a coordination mechanism bringing together the society, the national government agencies as well as the county government of Trans Nzoia.
“Floods affect the health component of the community. We are also looking at the nutrition, especially to the under-fives, the elderly, lactating mothers, pregnant women and PWDS,” she noted.
The humanitarian society is currently capacity-building its teams, volunteers and community health promoters.
To help people who are likely to be affected recover, the Kenya Red Cross has done a preposition of stock including PPES, blankets, mosquito nets and kitchen sets.
She further revealed that elaborate evacuation plans have been put in place.
“We have put in place logistical plans in terms of vehicles that will be able to move around to evacuate people who might be in need of our services,” Mining’wo said.
Namanjalala, Maliki areas in Kapomboi ward, and some parts of Waitaluk ward lie along Nzoia River normally burst its banks during heavy rainfall.
Trans Nzoia is one of the 21 counties that have been mapped out by the Kenya Meteorological Department and are likely to be significantly affected by El Nino.