According to satellite footage, the effects of the expected heavy rains will not result in the highly anticipated floods experienced during the 1997/1998 El Niño. Nonetheless, emergency plans are being put in place to deal with the after effects of the rains set to begin in November through to January 2016. Laikipians should also note that rainfall will vary across the County because of its vast landscape.
The Laikipia County Government has formed an active planning committee that includes various stakeholders such as; Red Cross, Kenya Meteorological Services, Laikipia County Agricultural Sector for Development Support Programme (ASDSP) and Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. These organisations aim to ensure that emergencies are adequately responded to, especially for locations that have been classified as vulnerable.
Article courtesy of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Though these heavy rains are not being classified to fall under El Niño, the effects will definitely have human and socio- economic impacts. Positive impact includes farmers benefitting from increased crop yield and a chance to harvest water for storage.
Negative effects will include food insecurity as crops get washed away by the heavy rainfall and displacement should residents lose their homes. Outbreak of disease for both humans and livestock is almost inevitable.
Areas likely to experience floods include Ewaso Narok wetland (Rumuruti to Oldonyiro), Container area, Thome, Mathira, Salama ward (upper part of Muruku), Manguo (Nyahururu), Matanya (along Equator), Lamuria, Kinamba (Tandare and Gatirima pans), Ngare Ng’iro, Segera, Suguta, Nanyuki town (areas along Nanyuki river) and areas along Likii river.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Safety during this season begins with you! At a minimum, you should make arrangements to have enough supply of clean food, proper housing, good clean water storage and a First Aid kit. Always ensure proper sanitation around your home to avoid diseases from contamination of water sources by dirt and debris washed downstream.
In case of any emergencies, Please contact this helpline to report:
County Emergency Operation Center
Nanyuki Social Hall
Emergency numbers: 0722 343 000, 0721 639 146
Countrywide police hotline in Safaricom 112 (free of charge)