Most of the times we have had weather forecasts who interpret the signs and possibilities of heavy rains. How serious have we as a country including both citizens and the government taken these warnings? Those wananchi living in flat areas and along riverbanks never think of shifting to better places. Yet they have in previous days witnessed these areas being affected. They wait until it is too late so that they end up imposing blames to the government famously “serikali”
On the other hand the government takes no action to ensure good drainage. They relax and ignore waiting till it’s late for them to raise excuses and irrelevant apologies.
In most cases we complain about water shortage yet we don’t even construct water catchments to make use of the heavy rains.
What happened in the country on Thursday, 15th of March 2018 is just a copy of what occurred in 2015. I believe if we we were focused, three years were enough to avoid a repeat of this. Ref ⬇
Empty promises by politicians followed apologies will not cure anything. It’s one thing to say and another one doing, it’s one thing to promise and another one fulfilling ;it’s also one thing to plan and another one implementing.
The rains have no harm. It’s only our carelessness, Laziness and ignorance that make it sound bad when rains arrive.
The photos below show how the situation was on 15/03/2018.
Uhuru Highway extending to Central Park and Waiyaki way in Nairobi.
Ongata Rongai in Kajiado County.
Nairobi CBD near the Hilton Hotel.
Kenyatta Avenue near Kimathi House.
Parklands extending to Westlands and Kileleshwa areas.
These are just but a sample of what occurred. Other places that were worse included Namanga Road(Isinya-Kitengela), industrial areas, etc.
This should be a wake-up call to both the government of Kenya and the citizens. In some areas Eastleigh and slums such as Kibra being the main victims, we have seen Kenyans especially business people converting drainage systems into dumping sites. This also contributes to water-way blockages hence flooding.
It’s reported that from this week’s downpour at least 35 people have lost their lives, 5 have been left injured and many rendered homeless or displaced. Over 300 livestock have been confirmed dead while a bigger number of property has been lost.
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