Gov’t Deploys Cops on Highways Ahead of School Reopening — IG Koome

Japhet Koome, Inspector General of Police, encouraged motorists on Saturday to exercise caution ahead of the reopening of schools next week.

The rainy season, which presents a hazard to students, will see primary and secondary schools reopen next week. The storms have caused flooding that has already affected some schools.

Despite the deployment of police and other multi-agency teams along major roadways, Koome encouraged all motorists to collaborate with law enforcement officers to enhance service delivery.

According to Koome, the country’s continued torrential rains and floods have killed people and rendered several roads and waterways impassable.

Similarly, he predicted that road traffic, both human and vehicular, would be high next week.

He stated that, in the best interest of children returning to school and the safety of the general public, the National Police Service would like to caution all motorists and boda boda riders to be extra vigilant on the roads and strictly comply with traffic regulations and rules.

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The authorities reported that the continuous severe rainfall across the country resulted in 76 deaths and thousands of displaced people.

Following an incident in Makueni where roaring waters washed away a truck, the death toll rose to more than 80 on Saturday.

The government has increased preparations to minimize the calamity caused by the continuous heavy rains and floods, despite the meteorological department’s warning that heavy rainfall will continue through the weekend.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua stated on Friday that the government has made many interventions, including a financial allocation of Sh4 billion for a rapid response to the rain’s devastation.

As of Friday, he reported that the recent high rainfall had killed 75 people, injured 22, and left eight people missing.

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He went on to say that the rains affected 131,179 people, and contingency plans had been made to improve emergency response coordination.

The DP further urged Kenyans to avoid tempting nature and act responsibly during the rainy season. He emphasized the importance of taking personal responsibility for their safety and lives.

He highlighted instances where individuals engaged in risky behaviors, such as crossing swollen rivers, and urged caution. Additionally, he emphasized that individuals carry the hopes and dreams of their families.

Gov’t Deploys Cops on Highways Ahead of School Reopening — IG Koome

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