All dams to be inspected, Government directs

Government has directed that all dams in the country be inspected amidst heavy downpour that has continued to cause havoc.

In a statement to newsrooms, Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof.Kithure Kindiki said this is a move aimed to avert any further tragedies and deaths emanating from the rains.

The CS reiterated that the Government is deeply concerned by the loss of life and destruction of public and private property resulting from the ongoing floods.

He noted that there are reports of continued risky behaviour by motorists and pedestrians, and casual treatment by members of the public of weather forecast and voluntary evacuation advisories.

“To mitigate further loss of life, County Security and Intelligence Committees (CSICs) across the Country are directed to immediately inspect all public and private dams and water reservoirs in their jurisdictions within 24 Hours effective at 1400 Hours today and recommend cases where compulsory evacuation and temporary resettlement orders are to issue,” stated Kindiki.

Further the County Security teams have been urged to Deploy enforcement teams at urban and rural road spots prone to storm water flooding and without bridges or where the water has breached the bridge to prevent motorists or pedestrians from dangerous crossovers and to arrest and prosecute offenders for attempted suicide and/or attempted murder as the facts of the case may be.

In addition, there will be no transportation of passengers across flooded rivers or storm water by unsafe canoes or boats with inexperienced and unscrupulous persons taking advantage of the prevailing situation to cash in on persons in distress being warned of dire consequences.

According to Kindiki, the Government is coordinating all its relevant agencies and partners to prevent further loss of lives and property, and to support all those who have been affected by the ongoing torrential rains.

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