Baringo senator gideon Moi has called on disaster response units tob be on high alerts as heavy rains pound parts of the country.
Mr.Moi has said the government needs to map ut high risk areas aqnd place measures averting devasting disasters.
“Given the heavy rains that will continue to be witnessed in partsof the country,the government through the provicial administration should move fast and asses danger spots and sensitize resident while putting emergency servces on high alert for swift,rapid responsonse”he said.
Senator Moi made the remrks on saturday when he condoled with the families of the West pokot county landslides.
“Onbehalf of my family and the people of Baringo,I send my condolences to to the family affected and the people of west pokot nd also wish recovery to the recuperating in hospitals,”he said, adding,”As recue efforts continue,I wish to command response by the government spearheaded by the ministry of interior and call on more humanitarian organisations to help the v ictims by complementing government efforts.”
The massive landslIdes were triggered by heavy downpour in the region and left a heart-breaking trail of destruction in its wake.
Atleast 29 people have been confirmed dead.Twelve of them are from Tapach and Parua in Pokot south and 17 from Tamkal in Pokot Central.
The reucue Operation,that includes a team from the Kenya Defence Forces(KDF) has bbeen hampered by hash Weather and cut-out road networks.
Thad connecting the region between Lodwar and Kapengurua highway has been cut off.
Interia Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i in a statement to newsrooms said they were usng both police and military chopers in the excercise.
“The government has deployed military and police choppers to scale up responses and respond to the immediate needs off affected families.While rescue and recovery efforts remain the priority,a full assesment into the nex extent of damage caused continues to be a challenge due to harsh whether conditions,”said Matiang’i”