Assist Kenyans cope with El Nino woes

The deaths and destruction caused by the El Nino rains are a sad indictment of the country’s disaster preparedness.

For months, the country was in a frenzy as it organised itself to mitigate the ravages of the rains.

National and county governments rolled out numerous initiatives to deal with the situation.

Teams were set up and millions of shillings doled out for the preparations.

The national government allocated Sh5 billion for tackling the impact of the rains while counties also made financial allocations.

It now appears that all that preparation was just hot air.

Several deaths have been recorded across the country, with the latest cases being in Narok county, where five died in a landslide.

Many parts of the country are flooded, forcing residents to move to higher ground.

WHERE IS EL NINO MONEY?

The consequence is disease, hunger, and pain. Worse, crop production will be affected and that can only add to the misery.

One of the results of the phenomenon was the disruption of transport on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway at Taru, where a section of the road was impassable, causing a massive traffic jam and forcing commuters to stay out in the cold for 48 hours.

Nairobi, for example, has witnessed major gridlocks on the roads, while many families, especially those in the slums, have been displaced due to flooding.

Experts predict that the rains will continue for some time and that means colossal damage.

The question is: where did the El Nino money go?

What became of those activities rolled out to contain the impact of the rains?

The government and county authorities must tackle the El Nino challenge methodically and urgently.

Resources earmarked for mitigating the impact of the rains must be put to proper use and the families affected supported to cope with the loss and pain.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION