The festivities have begun on a rather dump and muddy note with the unrelenting downpour. Heavy rains have been reported in many areas of Kenya and neighbors such as Uganda, Somalia and Ethiopia. The result has been damage to properties, roads, mass displacement and deaths of hundreds who’ve either been trapped under layers of earth or swept away by dangerous water currents.
This natural extreme we’re currently experiencing is the exact opposite of the drought that afflicted Northern parts of Kenya earlier this year, a matter that was passionately addressed by the Senate once images of emaciated residents of Turkana surfaced on the internet. A motion by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula sort interventions by government to provide urgent aid to the starving families and put in place measures to avert such disasters.
“At the moment we are struggling to deliver food to those who need it now. Tomorrow, we will be unable to deal with floods and the havoc that is going to be caused by huge rains,” said Senate Majority Leader Hon Kipchumba Murkomen on March 19th 2019. What sounded like a prophecy by Senator Murkomen has indeed come to pass. Unlike the drought that the government tried to downplay as fake news, the rains have simply refused to be ignored. Cities have been affected in equal measure as the grassroots. From flooded apartments, bursting sewers and traffic snarl ups, it is evident that urban planning and disaster preparedness is something that still ails us