- The DP said the planners should take advantage of the convention to formulate better planning to help in the development of the country.
- "I want to appeal to the people of Kenya to be very responsible, and take care of their lives."
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has urged Kenyans living in flood-prone areas to remain vigilant during the El Nino rains.
He warned Kenyans against crossing flooded rivers to avert tragedy.
"Thirty-seven of the deaths announced are due to drowning, and not floods getting into their houses but them going where the floods are," he said.
The DP noted that some Kenyans try to cross swollen rivers, insisting they are in a hurry.
"Kenyans with their daring nature are always in a hurry to go somewhere and unfortunately never get there. They later call on the government to intervene," he said.
"I want to appeal to the people of Kenya to be very responsible, and take care of their lives as they also have families, if they don't care about themselves, there are people who do."
Gachagua made the remarks during the official opening of the 17th annual planners' convention themed 'Integrating the blue, green and brown agendas: Mainstreaming Planning in all Sectors for Attainment of National Socio-Economic Transformation at Diani Reef in Kwale County.
The DP said the planners should take advantage of the convention to formulate better planning to help in the development of the country.
A total of 76 people have died due to the floods while over 3,500 families have been displaced.
On Monday, the Cabinet held a meeting chaired by President William Ruto following the effects of El Nino across the country.
In a dispatch dated November 27, the cabinet agreed to scale up the scope of humanitarian assistance, with a target of reaching more than 50,000 households in Arad and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) counties.
The National Treasury will release an additional Sh10 billion to county governments this week.