Inside Uasin Gishu’s El-Nino Preparedness

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Uasin Gishu like many other parts of the Country is expected to receive heavy rains due to the El-Nino for the next four months.

With the anticipated more than average rainfall, the County Government of Uasin Gishu has put up measures to control losses related to flooding and destruction of property.

According to Uasin Gishu County Roads, Transport and Public Works County Executive Committee Member, Engineer Joseph Lagat, the county government has since started receiving complaints of challenges of flooding and moved into action to map areas prone to flooding.

Uasin Gishu Roads CECM Eng.Joseph Lagat (right) during a recent assessment of areas prone to flooding during heavy rains in Ngeria ward, Kapseret Sub County.
Uasin Gishu Roads CECM Eng.Joseph Lagat (right) during a recent assessment of areas prone to flooding during heavy rains in Ngeria ward, Kapseret Sub County.

They have also mobilized county machinery to open blocked drainages in the affected areas.

Emergency numbers during El-Nino

As part of ensuring quick response to any emergencies that might occur during the rains, Engineer Lagat has given out mobile numbers that residents can use to contact the county for quick interventions.

The numbers are 0710646464 or 0532061185.

In addition, the County Executive asked the residents to also contact sub-county and ward administrators in their respective areas.

Moreover, he said that the county government has already started working on drainages as he cautioned parents and schools to be vigilant and not allow children to cross streams alone or move out of schools immediately after the heavy rains stop.

Roads CECM Eng Joseph Lagat during a past meeting.

While flagging off distribution of Ksh40 million drugs to various health facilities across the county on Monday, Governor Jonathan Bii Chelilim said his administration was ready to address any issues that might come as a result of the heavy rains.

He said the drugs will come on handy due to anticipated surge in cold-related diseases.

We have prepared well for El-Nino and we have a supplementary budget coming soon that will boost funding for the same course,” Bii said.

During this period we will have an increase in some diseases but we’re ready to deal with them,” he added.

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