Deadly floods show climate change woes in Kenya – CAJ News Africa

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from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (ACJ News) The LOSS of lives, livelihoods and property following heavy rains has revealed how severely climate change is affecting Kenya’s weather conditions.

This calls on stakeholders to catalyze action in 2022 to start managing the threat of flooding.

“First, it’s important to try to understand our precipitation model,” said Simon Thomas, an international consultant.

A board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited, he pointed out that Kenya’s annual rainfall is split into three times.

These include the long rainy season between March and April, the shoulder season (July and August) and the short rainy season (October to December).

“As we settle into the New Year, may 2022 be the year we finally start to manage flooding so that we can save lives, livelihoods and property,” Thomas said.

Reading the national budget in June, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani pointed out that flood mitigation is a key goal for fiscal year 2021/2022.

The ministry has allocated Ksh 38 billion ($ 335.3 million) for the development of water supply and sanitation infrastructure, Ksh 16.4 billion for water resources management and Ksh 10.8 billion. for water storage and flood control.

The private sector and development agencies are also pledging to contribute to flood mitigation, as evidenced by recent investments such as the Ksh 7.5 billion Kajulu water treatment plant in the west. from Kisumu County.

The project, which also involves the French Development Agency, the European Investment Bank and the European Union-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund, will see the construction of 120 km of water supply in the city and its surroundings.

In December, at least 32 people died when a bus was dragged into a swollen river in eastern Kitui County.

– CAJ News

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