NWHSA has embarked on emergency flood control intervention works in various parts of the country in anticipation of longs rains between April and May. Phase one of the Sintaan flood control works located in Sintaan Ng’ambo village, Marigat sub-location in Baringo South is now complete. This involved the construction of 110 m gabion boxes, river training and dredging, and bush clearing along river Perkerra.
Area residents and the local administration welcomed the interventions saying this will reduce the effects of floods in the area. Ilchamus ward MCA Hon. Joseph Leparsalaash said the 2018 floods disrupted learning in Sintaan primary school, destroyed classrooms and latrines. He added that candidates had to be moved to neighboring safe schools to sit their exams and this affected their performance.
Area Chief Mr. Joseph Lenaseku said that river Yandao and river Molo are prone to floods hence appealed to NWHSA to consider extending flood control works to those areas around the rivers.
Eng. Sammy Mburu, CEO NWHSA was happy to note progress of flood control works in the area. He said that NWHSA’s mandate is to “Undertake on behalf of the national government, the development of national public water works for water resources storage and flood control.” In this regards the Authority has embarked on flood control emergency intervention works in Turkana, Baringo, Homabay, Isiolo and Migori. He added that the Authority plans to address long term needs to mitigate against effects of floods in these areas.
Gabion dykes along Perkerra River