Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki has announced the government's initiative to evacuate residents in Masinga, Kamburu, Kindaruma and Kiambere Dams who are affected by the ongoing floods.
While addressing a sensitization public gathering at Kiambere, Mbeere North Constituency, Embu County on Saturday, December 2, Kindiki emphasized the urgency of the situation with evacuation notices to be issued to those likely to be affected.
"To save lives and ensure the safety of all residents living contiguous to the dams, the Government will ensure all persons are evacuated to safer grounds," he stated.
Kindiki assured that individuals at risk have already been profiled, and their data collected to facilitate real-time communication during the evacuation process.
He mentioned that the government has found suitable locations where the evacuated individuals will be accommodated until the rainfall subsides.
Additionally, provisions such as food, non-food items, medicine, and other necessities will be made available to those affected.
Kindiki stressed that the National Government Administration Officers and community leaders will collaborate to ensure a smooth and efficient process.
Kindiki stressed the importance of citizens complying with safety directives issued by relevant authorities, underlining the collective responsibility in times of crisis.
"Local leaders, National Government Administration Officers, and Community leaders will be involved in the evacuation process. Citizens are required to comply with safety directives issued by the relevant authorities," he asserted.
The Eastern Regional Security and Intelligence Committee, led by Regional Commissioner Paul Rotich, and the Embu County Security Team, led by County Commissioner Jack Ombuor, were also in attendance.
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Earlier, the CS announced that the government was monitoring the ongoing El Niño-induced rains through a scientific mechanism.
Kindiki highlighted the comprehensive approach being taken to ensure the safety of citizens especially those residing in flood-prone areas.
"The government is closely monitoring the ongoing El-Nino-induced rains and the rising water levels in Masinga, Kamburu, Kindaruma, Gitaru, and Kiambere Dams. With real-time monitoring using scientific mechanisms, dams visual inspection, and instrumental readings and analysis, emergency preparedness and response measures have been put in place," Kindiki stated.
The CS said the focus of this vigilant effort is to safeguard the lives of over 30,000 residents in Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Machakos, and Garissa counties who could be at risk if water spills over from the dams.