Kenyans should join hands and help West Pokot tragedy victims
SEE ALSO :Landslide victims face bleak ChristmasThe rains have cut off roads and made air rescue a daunting task. Under the circumstances, government’s rescue efforts are commendable. However, they could have been better. Importantly, the disaster has exposed, once again, our country’s poor preparedness. Following the weatherman’s warning about imminent floods and landslides, efforts should have been made to evacuate those living in treacherous areas ahead of the rains. The government should learn from the West Pokot tragedy and quickly order those living in areas that Met department has warned could be hit by landslides out before tragedy strikes. But what is most worrying about the West Pokot tragedy is that it has failed to elicit the kind of emotion and anger that similar disasters do. During the Westgate attack, Kenyans came out in their numbers to help, including by feeding the rescuers. Religious groups and corporates make monetary and material donations to support those affected by national disasters. But curiously, more than 48 hours after news about the landslide disaster broke, their voices have been hushed. There have been no pledges for help from the two, or even from the general public.
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