Kenya

Kenya establishes disaster centre

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has established a national disaster management centre to enable the country deal with man- made and natural disasters, official sources said.
State minister Major Marsden Madoka told reporters in Nairobi that several disasters such as the El-Nino induced floods of 1997/98 and the 1998 bomb blast that killed over 240 people and injured thousands had made the government to realise the need for the country to prepare for disasters.

He said a bill would soon be tabled in Parliament defining the legal framework and operations of the centre that is to be based at the Presidency.

Madoka said among other functions, the centre would coordinate the contribution of stakeholders, assess risks involved, provide maintenance for collaborative networks of available resources and develop training programmes and capacity building measures.

The minister who later received two computers donated to the Centre by the International Medical Corps, said the hardware will be used to store the relevant data for quick references in the advent of a disaster.

Greg Hunter, the programme director of the International Medical Corps Community Education and Disaster Preparedness Centre, presented the computers.

Present was the co-ordinator of USAID Nairobi bomb blast response office, Shannon Lovgren who announced that the aid body had earmarked 2.5 million dollars to finance disaster preparedness programmes in Kenya.

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