Homa Bay County on Friday launched its El Nino Inter-Agency Preparedness Plan, a comprehensive effort to mitigate the impacts of the upcoming El Nino rains. 

The plan was developed in collaboration with state and non-state actors, and includes a range of measures to protect residents from flooding, mudslides, and other hazards.

“Our top priority is safeguarding our citizens and minimizing any resultant damage," said Governor Gladys Wanga who was speaking to the press during the launch of the action plan.

She added: "I urge our people to stay updated and adhere to advisories. Together, let's exhibit resilience, preparedness, and solidarity in the face of El Nino."

H.E Gladys Wanga (Center) with members of the county executive committee during the launch of the El Nino Inter-Agency Preparedness Plan 2023-2024 in Homa Bay on Friday.

The El Nino rains are expected to start in October and could last until December. The rains are a serious threat to the people of Homa Bay county.

One of the key measures is to improve drainage and map hotspot areas likely to be affected by floods. It also includes plans to raise awareness among residents about the risks of El Nino, as well as measures to be taken to protect the population and infrastructure.

The plan is set to be funded by a combination of state and non-state grants, as well as local contributions.

The County boss emphasized that the plan is not a guarantee against disaster, but it will help to reduce the risk and impact of El Nino. She urged residents to stay alert about the latest weather forecasts.

“We continue to monitor the situation and update the plan as needed. Residents can stay informed about the plan and other El Nino preparedness information that our technical committee will be sharing on media platforms,” Wanga said.

County environment executive, Dr. Joash Aloo urged county residents to plant trees to curb climate change, which is the main cause of El Nino. 

“By working together, we can all help to mitigate the effects of this natural disaster.”

Among key partners include; Kenya Red Cross Society, Plan International, UNICEF, World Vision, UNEP, WHO, FaO among others.