Public ordered out of landslide prone areas

By Judith Akolo

As the long rains season enter the homestretch in most parts of the country, the Kenya Meteorological Service has called for caution by people living in areas characterized by steep slopes.

The Kenya Meteorological Services in its seven days forecast ending on Monday next week indicates that there may be a general reduction in rainfall amounts and intensities over several parts of the country.

However, the weatherman is warning of continued risk of flooding over low lying areas and those with poor drainage.

“Landslides are likely on steep slopes especially in areas that have been receiving high rainfall amounts in the recent past,” said the Director of Meteorological Services James Kongoti in a statement and added, “Roads are likely to be slippery thus motorists need to exercise caution.”

Kongoti also warned of likelihood of lightning strikes in the Western parts of the country and urged for caution among the public by avoiding sheltering under trees or in open fields.

In West Pokot County, the County government has ordered residents living in landslide prone areas to move to safer grounds.

Governor Simon Kachapin asked the residents to heed his calls as heavy rainfall continues to pound in the area.

Governor Kachapin said the county government is conducting assessment to ensure residents who are at risk are moved to safer grounds to avoid loss of life and property as long rains season reaches its peak.

Landslide prone areas include Sondany ,Tapach ,Batei and highland areas in Pokot South sub-County, it is suspected that some areas could also experience mudslides.

Kachapin called on the national government to allocate emergency funds to help victims affected by floods and landslides in different parts of the country to supplement the county governments’ efforts.

Kachapin said that 40% of the area in Pokot South is hilly hence asked the residents to plant more trees to help in holding soil and rocks.

In the seven day forecast released by the Kenya Meteorological Service, Areas expected to continue receiving heavy rainfall include; the Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley counties of Siaya, Kisumu, Homabay and Migori.

The others are, Kisii, Nyamira, Transnzoia, Baringo, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo-Marakwet.

The rest are, Nandi, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia.

Other areas expected to continue receiving rainfall include; the Central Highlands including, the counties of Nairobi, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, and Tharaka.

  

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