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Government mobilises to prevent further floods deaths

Interior and National Administration CS Prof Kithure Kindiki today led senior government officials in an assessment of flood risk as a result of the spilling over of the seven Forks dams.

The CS, briefing the media at Masinga Dam said with 142 dead from El Nino rains-related flooding, the government was taking measures to ensure no one else dies from the flooding by warning at risk communities well in advance.

He said that they expect the five dams to fill up and spill over when rains resume in a week to ten days and as a result communities in Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Garissa and Tana River counties will be affected.

The CS said the government has moved in in force to help flood-displaced communities mitigate the effects.

He said several aircraft had been mobilised to deliver medicines, food, and other supplies to areas that have been marooned by floods while the Ministry of Transport has reopened several roads that had been cut off by water.

Kindiki regretted that several people had needlessly lost their lives because they ignored advice not to wade or drive through flooded rivers and urged residents of affected areas to be patient.

He urged motorists to obey the instructions of their local transport managers.

By Steve Gatheru

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