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The Secretary-General of the Kenya Red Cross Society, Dr. Ahmed Idris  has faulted Kenyans for not taking warnings seriously following the heavy rains that have been experienced in the country.

Speaking during an interview on Spice Fm on Friday morning he said the Meteorological department is doing their job by effectively forewarning Kenyans where they predicted heavy rainfall but it is never taken with the seriousness it requires.

He has however said that the biggest weakness Kenya suffers as a country is not being well prepared to handle the risks that come with the already forewarned disaster.

“We are living in a context in which the risks that we are facing have become so systemic, overlapping each other and each risk affecting the capacity to deal with the upcoming risks.  As a country,  vulnerability has increased  because of successive disasters.” Idris said.

He has however asserted that the Kenya Red Cross have effectively prepared for the risks that may arise from the current ongoing rains  that have seen a mass destruction of property loss of lives and displacement of people.

“We propositioned all our supplies. As we speak we are ready for a displacement of up to 20,000 households nationwide. Our staff are ion place, we have activated our emergency response units all over the country, we are ready for search and rescue mechanisms and we are working closely with the government to make it work,” Idris added.

This was demonstrated when they, KRC,  rescued the 51 passengers who had been trapped in floods after their bus was swept away by floods on Garrissa –  Mwingi road on Tuesday.

This comes even as the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA)  attributed the rise in road accidents  to what they termed as  “bad behavior” by drivers.

During the same interview, NTSA Road Safety and Safety Strategies Manager Samuel Musumba said they have observed a trend where drivers involved in accidents are repeating similar moves.

“I would say 90 per cent of the incidents reported, case by case you realize that this guy has just done a similar move like the other one,” Musumba said.

Musumba however said that before condemning drivers they first with the help of police carry out investigations to find the root cause of the accident.

He added that the investigations constitute factors such as the state of the road, the signage on road, the mechanical condition of the vehicles involved in the accident and finally the state of the drivers.

“These  give us an understanding of what happened before we condemn. We do not rush to condemn drivers on bad behaviour,” he said.

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