In the wake of flood-related fatalities, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has appealed to citizens residing in flood-prone areas to be responsible and prioritize their safety.
Speaking during the opening of the 17th Annual Planners Convention in Kwale County on Tuesday, November 28 the second in command noted a trend where individuals attempt to cross swollen rivers, neglecting their own well-being due to being in a hurry.
"Kenyans with their daring nature are always in a hurry to go somewhere and unfortunately never get there. They later call on the government to intervene. I want to appeal to the people of Kenya to be very responsible and take care of their lives as they also have families, if they don't care about themselves, there are people who do," Gachagua stated.
Gachagua said that of the 76 reported deaths due to flooding, 37 were a result of drowning noting that the tragic incidents occurred not from floods invading homes but from individuals venturing into the flooded areas.
"37 of the deaths announced are due to drowning, and not floods getting into their houses but them going where the floods are," he said.
El Nino response
This comes hot on the heels of President William Ruto's Cabinet meeting at the Statehouse on El Nino response.
A report from the State House conveyed that the persistent heavy rains have tragically resulted in the loss of 76 lives and the displacement of 35,000 households.
In response to the challenges posed by the El Nino rains, the cabinet unanimously endorsed a set of measures designed to alleviate the impact.
These measures involved allocating Ksh7 billion from contingency funds to address the situation.
Additionally, county governments are set to receive an additional Ksh10 billion, building on a similar amount disbursed last week as part of the shareable revenue for the devolved units.
Furthermore, there is a specific directive to channel the approved Ksh7 billion contingency funds, sanctioned by Parliament in both the Budget and the first Supplementary Appropriations for the 2023/24 financial year, towards humanitarian efforts.
This includes activities such as the distribution and supply of medical supplies, provision of food and non-food items, rehabilitation of infrastructure, and the resettlement of families displaced by adverse weather conditions.