Editorials

Fix drainage systems

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Heavy overnight downpour that pounded Nairobi yesterday has exposed the underbelly of the city that is poor drainage system. NMG PHOTO

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Summary

  • It is a worry that each time the authorities are caught flat-footed and appear clueless about how to address the menace.
  • But these perennial problems can be avoided with proper planning and preparedness.
  • From fixing the drainage systems and directing storm water, there are many ways to prevent and mitigate flooding, including following the meteorological desk warnings to roll out tight disaster preparedness plans.

Downpour in several parts of the country is flooding homes, schools, towns and roads.

Hundreds of families are rendered homeless while some are camping in schools, disrupting learning. Transport is paralysed as roads are flooded or cut off, while trading is interrupted by storm water stemming from poor drainage.

In towns, cities, and highways, traffic gridlocks are a constant, creating a logistical nightmare that eats into man-hours and leads to emotional and physical health troubles.

Further, floods increase the risk of waterborne diseases, not to mention landslides in a pandemic year when hospitals are stretched spells disaster.

It is a worry that each time the authorities are caught flat-footed and appear clueless about how to address the menace.

But these perennial problems can be avoided with proper planning and preparedness.

From fixing the drainage systems and directing storm water, there are many ways to prevent and mitigate flooding, including following the meteorological desk warnings to roll out tight disaster preparedness plans.