As the Kenya Meteorological Department issues a timely warning about the anticipated short rains, scheduled to begin in October and extend through December 2023, Kitui County finds itself preparing for a period of above-average rainfall.
With these forecasts in mind, H.E. The Governor, Dr. Julius Makau Malombe, EGH, extends valuable advice to the residents of Kitui County on crucial safety measures to adopt both before and during the rainy season.
The deputy governor HE kanani has emphasized the importance of installing water tanks at homes and public amenities to harvest rainwater for domestic use and other purposes. This not only ensures a sustainable water supply but also aids in mitigating the impact of the extended rainy season.
To combat soil erosion and land degradation, it’s advisable to prepare terraces and on-farm ponds in agricultural areas. Proper land management can significantly enhance agricultural productivity.
For those living in low-lying areas or places susceptible to landslides, the deputy governor urges a proactive approach to relocating to safer areas before the rains begin. This measure is essential for personal safety.
Before the rains, individuals should thoroughly inspect their houses to ensure they are structurally sound and free from leaking roofs. Timely repairs can prevent potential disasters.
It is imperative to avoid crossing flooded rivers during the rainy season. This precaution can prevent accidents and loss of life.
Children and teenagers are advised to refrain from playing or swimming in stagnant waters to reduce the risk of drowning.
Given the likelihood of clean water sources being contaminated due to sewage and blocked toilets during heavy rains, the community is encouraged to drink boiled or treated water.
To mitigate the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, residents should ensure there are no stagnant waters around their homes or in public utilities. Clearing bushes and grass around homes and social amenities is also crucial for mosquito control.
Mosquito nets should be used while sleeping to prevent malaria infections, especially during the rainy season when mosquito populations tend to increase.
People responsible for cattle and livestock are advised to wear long-sleeved shirts to avoid insect bites that may transmit diseases to animals.
Safeguard essential documents such as Title Deeds, Birth Certificates, Identity Cards, Academic Certificates, and more. This ensures that vital records are not damaged during the rainy season.
Structures constructed near small streams and drainages in urban centers should be relocated, and drainage systems should be unblocked to prevent flooding and waterlogging.
To minimize the risk of lightning disasters, clotheslines should be suspended from trees rather than houses during the rainy season.
Residents are encouraged to maintain adequate stocks of basic commodities like dry foodstuffs, matchboxes, firewood, charcoal, battery torches, and other essentials. These provisions will ensure that individuals and families can weather the rainy season without undue inconvenience.
In conclusion, the message from the Office of the Deputy Governor underscores the importance of preparedness and safety during the anticipated short rains in Kitui County.
By following these guidelines, the residents of Kitui County can protect themselves, their homes, and their livelihoods, ensuring a safer and more comfortable experience during this rainy season.