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Disaster management is social issues says CEC

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Kisii Kenya 2021……Disaster Management has been termed a ‘social issue’ calling for community participation and stakeholder collaboration owing to its emergence aspect.

County ‘’minister’’ for Administration and Disaster Management docket, Edna Kangwana attributed disaster incidents in Kisii town,the county headquarters to its rapid growth.

She also blamed the county’s geographical setting for some of the disasters and mentioned South Mugirango and Kitutu Chache North  as areas recently affected.

Citing collapse of buildings,freak floods and landslides as some of the incidents handled,Kangwana explained of a five year partnership between the county and USA Minnesota State Fire Rescue Unit.

Under the partnership,the county Disaster Management  Department benefited from training on its personnel and protective gears among other equipment which will be shared with neighbouring Nyamira county.

The county preparedness to handle disasters had been boosted to the extent of being engaged to intervene  in the Lake Region Economic Bloc ,she added.

To mitigate disasters, the county government had put in place elaborate policies and interventions including training school  principals and sensitizing businesspeople on  fire  prevention and fighting  techniques .