Is Umoja Estate Adequately Prepared For The El Nino Rains?
Governor Evans Kidero released a list of Estates in Nairobi County that were likely to be worst affected by floods when the expected El Nino Rains pounds the country soon.
The Estates include: Garden Estate, Thome, Kibera slums, Komarock, Muthangari, South C, Highrise estate, Loresho along the bypass, Kileleshwa Ring Road interchange, Lavington- Chalbi Drive, Garden City and Marumi.
Others are Maziwa-Zimmerman Kamiti Road, River Bank area along Baba Dogo-Outer Ring Road, Roysambu, Kahawa west, Donholm, Mbagathi /Langata Road Roundabout, Nairobi West, Ruai, Utawala, Mukuru slums and our beloved Umoja 1 Estate.
Earlier on, the Meteorological Department had given the forecast that El Nino Rains will most likely hit the country in the socond week of October. This was followed with a revelation by The National Disaster Operations Centre that Nairobi, Central and Eastern areas may be likely to be severely affected by abnormal rainfall.
Fortunately, the Nairobi City County has for the last couple of weeks joined the rest of the country in preparation for the El Nino Rains. This has been spearheaded with measures to repair and unblock drainage systems within the city.
Implementing community based flood early warning systems has also been taunted as a vital measure to help in all areas prone to floods.
It is therefore important that the whole of Umoja Community and every individual should be proactive and anticipate the eventuality of El Nino.