EARLY WARNING

We've no excuse not to prepare for El Niño

Government, especially the National Disaster Management Authority, needs to get ready for any eventuality.

EL NINO: Flash floods in Kogalo following the El Nino rains.The Met and UN have warned of the onset of El Nino starting at the end of the month and continuing into 2024.
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In Summary
  • Weather experts have warned of unusually heavy rains in October
  • There is also a need to find lasting solutions to future disasters

The likelihood of El Niño developing later this year is increasing, according to a new update from the World Meteorological Organization.

Weather experts have warned of unusually heavy rains in October.

El Niño is a naturally occurring climate pattern associated with the warming of the ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. It occurs on average every two to seven years, and episodes usually last nine to 12 months.  

Kenya has previously faced devastating effects, including human and animal deaths, and destruction of crops and infrastructure, among other hazards.

The warning has been sounded and the government, especially the National Disaster Management Authority, needs to prepare for any eventuality.

Storm drainage systems in urban areas should be maintained and serviced regularly before the rains come. The government should educate the public on disaster preparedness.

It should also create disaster settlement areas where people can be moved in case of floods. Provision for food and medication should be part of this intervention. 

There is also a need to find lasting solutions to future disasters through intervention by capacity building of the Metrological department for early warning and disaster preparedness.

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