• The county beach management unit networks chairman Edward Oremo said there is a need for fishermen to comply with the rules and guidelines.
• Oremo said they do not want any fisherman to face tribulation on issues which can be avoided
Fishermen in Homa Bay have been urged to be vigilant during the El Nino rains.
The county beach management unit networks chairman Edward Oremo asked fishermen to comply with the rules and guidelines issued by the weathermen.
Speaking to journalists in Homa Bay town yesterday, he said they do not want any fisherman to face tribulations on issues that can be avoided.
“Fishermen have been sensitised on how to operate when El Nino rains come,” Oremo said.
“They should adhere to the guiding principles given by the met department.”
He reminded his colleagues not to allow rain to find them in the lake.
The meteorological department has been releasing daily alerts to the public on daily weather forecasts to be followed to prevent any eventuality that may be caused by changes in weather patterns.
Oremo said his office will be coordinating with all the BMU officials around the lake to ensure the guidelines are adhered to.
The fishermen were advised not to step into the lake when it’s raining and not to leave their gear in the lake as water waves orchestrated by El Nino rains can destroy them.
“Beach management officials should ensure drainage systems are cleaned to avoid water logging and flooding,” Oremo said.
“This will also help in reducing the spread of diseases like malaria and bilharzia.”
The fishermen's leadership wants the Homa Bay government, especially the Health department, to work closely with them to educate fishers.
They want the department to get ready and respond to emergency issues whenever they occur.
Oremo said the anticipated El Nino rains are likely to compromise sanitation at the beaches, where pit latrines may cave in due to floods.
“Roads leading to beaches should be made passable for easy accessibility when called upon,” he said.
“Drugs and other medical assistance should be provided on a timely basis.”