Urgent Safety Measures Issued Amid Devastating Floods

By Joe Aura,


April 27, 2024

In the wake of the recent devastating floods that have swept through various parts of Kenya, claiming lives and displacing thousands, urgent safety measures have been issued to ensure the well-being of citizens, including students and locals.
According to the Mathare Social Justice Center, over 40 Kenyans tragically lost their lives due to the floods in Mathare alone, with many more left homeless and in desperate need of support. The heavy rains have wreaked havoc on communities, causing significant loss of livelihoods, damaging homes, farmland, and businesses.
The Kenya Red Cross Society reports that over 100,000 people from nearly 21,000 households have been impacted by the floods, with over 40,000 individuals displaced from their homes. In Nairobi County, informal settlements such as Kibra, Viwandani, and Mukuru Kwa Njenga have borne the brunt of the flooding, highlighting the vulnerability of those living in marginalized areas.
In response to the crisis, authorities have issued crucial safety tips to mitigate the risks posed by the ongoing floods:
Safety Tips During Floods:
1. Evacuate immediately to elevated areas: If flooding occurs, seek higher ground immediately to ensure your safety.
2. Beware of moving water: Just 6 inches of moving water can be enough to knock you off your feet. Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas.
3. Switch off electricity: If your house is flooded, switch off the electricity at the main switch to avoid the risk of electrocution.
4. Avoid rivers and streams: Do not park, drive, or conduct activities along rivers or streams during floods, as 1 foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
5. Watch out for downed power lines: Stay away from downed power lines and muddy waters where power lines may have fallen. Use a stick to test the depth of flooded areas.
6. Do not drive over flooded bridges: It’s crucial to avoid driving over bridges that are flooded, as they may be structurally compromised.
7. Stay informed: Keep yourself updated on the latest weather forecasts and flood warnings by listening to radio or TV stations.
These safety measures are vital for protecting lives and minimizing the risk of further casualties during this challenging time. Let us all remain vigilant, support those affected, and prioritize safety above all else.

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