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Kindiki warns Kenyans on El Nino, 46 die

By Mercy Simiyu November 14th, 2023 2 min read

46 Kenyans have lost their lives as a result of the heavy rains that hit most parts of the country.

As a result, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindilki has underscored the government’s commitment to enforcing compliance in areas where residents resist evacuation despite warnings by the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD).

“I want to assure you that no Kenyan will die because of displacement and floods. We will make sure that Kenyans receive assistance wherever they are,” said Kindiki,

Speaking during a national tree planting event in Garissa, the powerful CS emphasized the government’s dedication to safeguarding citizens.

He said his ministry will work with county governments and non-governmental organizations in a bid to provide crucial support during this challenging period.

“We have lost 46 people because of drowning and floods, and we don’t want any other Kenyan to lose their lives. Please comply with directives by security officers, and if you don’t comply, we will force you to comply,” he warned.

The aftermath of the heavy rains and flooding is evident in destroyed homes, displaced livestock, and impassable roads, surpassing the severity of the infamous El Nino.

Northern Kenya, renowned for its resilience in the face of water scarcity and droughts, now grapples with the unprecedented challenges posed by rising floodwaters.

“This crisis underscores the urgency of addressing climate volatility, with a need for adaptive and sustainable solutions,” remarked CS Kindiki. The impact on communities serves as a stark reminder of the immediate action required to mitigate the effects of climate change.

As the nation mourns the lives lost, the government’s firm stance on ensuring compliance and providing assistance reflects the gravity of the situation. Kenyans are urged to heed security officers’ directives to avert further tragedies, emphasizing the collective responsibility in the face of this environmental crisis.

“I want to assure you that no Kenyan will die because of displacement and floods. We will make sure that Kenyans will receive assistance wherever they are.” The government, in collaboration with county governments and non-governmental organizations, aims to provide support during this challenging time,” he said.

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