Nairobi, 23rd November 2023
Disaster management and coordination sector held a joint meeting with sub county and ward administrators, Kenya red cross and representatives of the Nairobi hub-caucus that brings together humanitarian aid workers drawn from donor and development partners.
The urgency for mitigation plans for the imminent El Nino rains was warranted after the meteorological department warned that the ongoing heavy rains are likely to intensify over the next few weeks hence the need to heighten the county’s preparedness in order to continue mitigating against any adverse effects even as we celebrate the success registered so far as highlighted by H.E Governor Sakaja.
County Chief Officers in charge of Disaster management Bram Simiyu who was chairing the meeting said “I want to acknowledge the competency of the disaster management team in responding to disasters experienced even when we don’t have enough equipment. I also want to appreciate Nairobi hub and the media in providing candid feedback which plays a role in pressuring the work needed to be done correctly. I want to emphasize on the benefits of doing the right thing as a sense of responsibility as I also encourage all of us to work together from ward level, sub county level, county level, UN humanitarian and the red cross.”
CEC for Green Nairobi Ibrahim Auma who co-chaired the meeting said “the green army is a really dedicated team and is working hard towards the preparation to face el nino by clearing the drainages removing the piles there after. We are also preparing to be in a position to deal with the aftermath that the rain might cause. I urge all of us to work together as a team, equip and support each other as we strive to make Nairobi a city of order, hope and dignity.”
County Chief officer for boroughs and public participation Ms. Lydia Mathia said “I want to encourage everyone to not only look at the negative effects of what the El Nino will bring about, but try to see how we can take advantage of the rains and enhance food security within Nairobi County. The Public Participation team should go out and check for the areas that should be prioritized as hotspots because if we don’t do this we will be moving from Alert to Alarm. We have already lost 2 lives we have over 153 reports and the numbers might still go up”
Her counterpart Chief officer for social services George Mutiso advocated for the relocation of displaced people to social halls, emphasizing the need for accurate numbers to provide psychosocial and resourceful support. He also reiterated that rehabilitation centers were proposed for affected children, the elderly, widowed, and handicapped individuals. He stressed the importance of streamlined donations to avoid overstretching already scarce resources.
In the face of the impending El Niño Rains, Nairobi City County emerges united, armed with a comprehensive disaster management plan to safeguard its residents. The collaborative efforts of officials, humanitarian partners and the community signal a determined response to the challenges ahead.