Mombasa County Government has set aside a Sh100 million emergency fund in preparation for the El Niño rains.
County executive for Land, Housing and Urban Planning Francis Thoya, who is a member of the disaster committee, said they county is ready to deal with any eventuality.
The assurance comes after more than 12,000 residents of the sprawling Bangladesh slums expressed fear that their houses might be submerged. The Meteorological Department has predicted that the rains could begin next week.
The business community expressed fears over the predicted heavy rains and want measures taken by relevant authorities to avert death and destruction of property.
Mr Tunai said officers from the national water office under the irrigation ministry were mapping out flood-prone areas and making estimates of emergency money required.
They lamented the ministry had given them scanty details on how the money was distributed among the 600,000 IDPs, resolving to investigate the matter to find out if there was financial mismanagement.
The lawmakers said payments to displaced persons had been done selectively. They said while some got Sh400,000 each plus a piece of land, others got Sh400,000 only. Another group got Sh10,000.
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The team will also provide the public with updates and information to minimise negative impact of the anticipated above-normal rains.
The statement also named 23 counties as those that will ‘experience direct effects of increased surface water levels due to the El Niño rains.’
The Government has formed a Multi-agency Communications Team to coordinate and disseminate information regarding El Niño rains.
He said adoption of new dairy technologies from fodder storage, milk handling and transportation, would enhance returns by reducing wastage blamed on unhygienic practices.
The minister said half of the Sh10.5 billion concessional loan from the government of Poland would directly go to improving the dairy sector via purchase of milking and cooling machines, as well as veterinary equipment, among others.