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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,15TH MARCH 2018-Rains continue to pound money parts of the country leaving a trail of deaths and destruction.In Kitui, five people are missing after heavy rains wreaked havoc in the county. The five were in a lorry that was swept away by flood waters.
Kenya redcross has confirmed the deaths warning of more such cases if care is not taken as rains are expected to continue hiting most parts of the country in coming days. “Lorry with five people on board swept away after River Enzui in Kasiluni village, Kitui, burst its banks,” Red Cross said via Twitter.
At least two people including a class six girl have died in Kajiado following the rains.
County Commissioner David Kipkemei said the pupil in Kiserian died after being swept away while crossing a stream.
The national environmental Management (NEMA ) has asked Kenyans to be extra careful during this rainy season especially when crossing moving water.
The heavy downpour on Thursday has led to several deaths across the country.
Kipkemei also said that a man’s body was found in Enkirgirri River at midday.
NEMA director Geoffrey Wakhungu has said officers have been deployed to monitor areas likely to experience flooding.
Wakhungu said Kenyans living in hilly areas that are likely to experience landslides and those residing on illegally built structures should move urgently.
“We are asking Kenyans not to test their luck by crossing moving water. Those in a structure built on riparian land have been asked to move and currently our teams are monitoring the situation in Mathare, Huruma, South C and South B,” Wakhungu said.
He said plastic bottles and bags are to blame for the current floods that have hit many parts of the city.
“I can confidently say that plastic carrier bags have significantly reduced. What is causing the blockage is the plastic bottles and as we engage stakeholders on the best approaches to do away with the bottles we hope they are seeing the current situation during this rain,’ he said.
Wakhungu said reactive measures will not solve the current problems.
“The current blockage and flooding will automatically come along with water born diseases. All these waste that is being dragged on river banks causes bigger risks downstream especially along Nairobi river and we ask everyone to take precaution,” he said.