Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua is set to convene the National Emergency Response Committee to deliberate on the country's preparedness for the expected El Nino rains.
Mr Gachagua, on Monday, September 18, announced that the committee would develop strategies to mitigate possible devastation that may be caused by the anticipated heavy rain season.
"Next week I will be convening the National Emergency Response Committee that I chair with all government agencies, development partners, the Red Cross, international organizations, and all other stakeholders to discuss our preparedness for the expected El Nino rains," the Deputy President remarked.
Speaking at a gala dinner in Nairobi organised by the Kenya Red Cross during the 10th International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society Pan African Conference Conference, Mr. Gachagua called for cross-sector collaboration in preparing for any disaster that may be caused by the heavy rains.
He represented President William Ruto at the forum, where the participants were also celebrating 150 years of experience of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society.
The Kenya Meteorological Department last week released a weather forecast warning that the heavy rains are expected this year from September to January 2024.
"Predictions indicate that we may experience El Nino rains between September and January 2024. We invite you to work with us on putting measures to mitigate possible tragedies," said the Deputy President.
Mr Gachagua added that the government is working on a public-private partnership in building water harvesting structures, including dams across the country.
This, he said, will help the government to take advantage of such large amounts of water for food production.
Some of the regions expected to be significantly affected by El Niño rains include Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Kericho, Bungoma, Kakamega, Busia, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Vihiga, Laikipia (Laikipia West), Nakuru, and Narok.