In recent weeks, at least 194 people in Kenya have died as a result of heavy rains and floods. The government has instructed to use force to evacuate some low-lying areas for fear of further flooding. in the coming days.
Decentralization Minister Eugene Wamalwa reported on Wednesday that only 30 people have lost their lives in the past 24 hours, so the advice to those who have overflowed in low-lying areas along the Nzoia and Tana rivers has been moved they move to higher areas.
“If you ask where to go, let them know that district officials are helping people move and we are using some closed schools to welcome affected families,” the minister said, according to the Standard newspaper.
For his part, Interior Minister Fred Matiangi has insisted that the population must move to areas at risk of flooding. “We have no choice. We force people, even if that means we get on the trucks ourselves,” he said.
According to the Kenya Meteorological Service, further rains are planned for the weekend, which would mainly affect Garissa, the Tana River and the coastal area. In addition, the levels of some of the country’s dams are reaching unprecedented levels.