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El Nino: National emergency response team to meet Thursday

Heavy rainfall is expected in the country due to El Nino,

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has convened the National Emergency Response Committee to deliberate on the country’s preparedness on the expected El Nino rains.

The meeting that brings together various stakeholders among them key ministries, government agencies, development partners, humanitarian organisations and all the 47 governors will be held Thursday morning.

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Speaking Monday at Uhuru Park during the flagging off of Community Health Promoters to counties, the DP said the meeting will discuss the level of preparedness and how to deal with expected emergencies so that the government is not caught flat-footed.

“ I have this Thursday at 10 am convened the NERC so that we can discuss the level of p so that we don’t get flat-footed as we prepare as a country how to deal with the arising emergencies and any disaster that may be caused by the heavy rains,” he said.

He further pointed out the drainage challenges affecting the cities, an issue he insisted would be part of the agenda.

The Kenya Meteorological Department last week released a weather forecast warning the heavy rains are expected this year from September to January 2024.

Some counties have already started taking proactive measures to ensure disaster preparedness.

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