The devastating landslide in West Pokot has left many more families in pain even as the toll in the West Pokot tragedy hits 52 as Senator Murkomen pleads with the locals to move to safer places.
‘I plead with you my people, don’t be hesitant to move out of the hilly areas. That’s my request, I believe you don’t have lands to move to, nor a place of your own to shift too but let’s be in agreement that we can all leave the high ground and relocate to the lower grounds.’ Senator Murkomen urged the locals.
He added that this will be even easier for the government to reach out to them as long as the downpour continues for the next two weeks according to the metrological forecast announced yesterday.
The rains have cut off roads and made air rescue a daunting task. Under the circumstances, the government’s rescue efforts are commendable. However, they could have been better.
Senator Murkomen told them that he will liaise with the area MCA and the MP to coordinate their efforts to move the people from the dangerous areas to a safer area.
He also urged the government going forward to work with the people on the ground to move the residents from the affected area and build homes for them on the safe lower areas and put agricultural projects on the hilly areas like government fruits seedlings etc.
The rains have paralyzed transport in some parts of the country after rendering roads impassable and bridges swept away.
The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has urged motorists to exercise caution while driving during this rainy season.
The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rain throughout the next week, with up to 30mm raising fears of more devastating effects in various parts of the country.
Regions likely to be affected include Western, South Eastern, Northwestern, and central regions including Nairobi.