Disaster management officers deployed as rains intensify

Nairobians wade through a flooded section of the city. PHOTO COURTESY

Disaster management officers have been deployed in the 17 sub counties in Nairobi hours after the meteorological department predicted that the downpour will go on for the rest of the year.

According to Nairobi city Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, the disaster management unit is mandated to help unclog drainage and create outlets for flash floods.

He also added that the monthly clean exercise, which was launched on July 7 last year, has contributed a lot in terms of mitigation.

“We have been unclogging drainage systems and setting up new ones in areas we are rehabilitating roads,” said Sonko.

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On Saturday the governor led the disaster management team to Aga Khan University Hospital  where there was temporary disruption that was caused by rain water that had spilled into a section of the hospital.

The hospital maintenance team together with the county’s disaster management team was able to drain the water and normal services resumed before midnight.

The county boss noted that a number of county hospitals have been slightly affected by spillage of rain waters to some sections .

“Most of the drainage systems are unclogged on a daily basis because some of us have decided not to be disciplined enough in waste disposal. We are throwing it anywhere and everywhere,” Sonko said.

According to weather man, the heavy rains will continue into Wednesday this week and they will range between moderate and heavy.

The areas to be affected are South and Central Rift, Nyanza, Southeast lowlands and Central regions as well as Nairobi and its environs.

On Sunday, police were forced to use a helicopter to rescue a man who had been stranded in a rain-made island for two days after river Athi broke its banks in Machakos county.