, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 4- Nakuru County’s steering committee on El-Nino preparedness has officially been unveiled.
The committee is to embark on implementing strategies to mitigate the effects of El Nino which is expected to start this month.
The sitting which was convened by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua at the Agricultural Training Centre in Solio was a result of a series of other prior meetings brought together by various stakeholders from the County and National Government to implement a water tight plan to ease destruction.
Speaking at the function, Governor Mbugua said El Nino preparedness in Nakuru County is on top gear saying the county is expected to spend over 500 Million Shillings.
He pointed out that various stakeholders were involved to broaden the scope of the plan as the anticipated risk is high and solutions require multi-sectoral approach.
Regarding preparedness, Governor Mbugua said this should be a constant part of how the county is run.
“Disaster management is not a one off event, disasters can strike any moment, thus we must explore ways of making what we start today lasts now and in future,” he stated.
Besides creating a task-force, the meeting was also aimed at identifying various hotspots in the entire county where more efforts will be channeled.
The areas include regions around Lake Naivasha, Elementaita, and Nakuru.
Others areas include Nakuru-Naivasha highway affected by mudslides and sand harvesting areas.
The Metrological Department has predicted that the rains will start on 7 October and will go up to early December.