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Fears of examination disruption after mudslides hit Narok

02 November 2015, 08:16 Geoffrey Kimagut

Narok - Fears have emerged that the KCPE examination that is set to begin next week and the ongoing KCSE examination might be disrupted in four schools in Narok South County following mudslides reported in the area.

Segamian education officer, Stanley Kirui said areas neighbouring the four schools suffered mudslides after heavy rain pounded the area for over four hours.

Kirui said the affected areas border Saire primary and Secondary schools, Saire Complex Academy and Kalyet Primary school.

“This was the first time the area was experiencing heavy rains and with the anticipated El nino, we fear there will be more mudslides. People have been asked to move to safer grounds and of course schools will be affected,” said Kirui.

Kirui said no pupil was hurt during the mudslides but several property and cattle were swept away.

“We are in talks with our seniors and other government agencies with a view of seeing how to relocate the candidates to safer stations so as to do their examinations without any interruption. We want to assure the candidates and the parents that examination will be conducted,” said Kirui.

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Narok South Sub-County Director of Education, Charles Nyakundi said they are prepared to handle the situation adding that stations in rough terrains will not be affected because they sub-county has enough land rovers.

“In terms of transport, we are okay because the Narok South and Narok West MPs have donated their CDF land rovers to be used for far flanked areas such as Loita, Naroosura, Aitong, Sagamian and Mekenyu,” said Nyakundi.

He said measures have been properly put in place to ensure that incase of El Nino, all stations receive their examination materials.

Last week, the meteorology Department warned that Narok County will experience serious El Nino rains in the next few weeks.

County director of meteorology, Peter Runanu urged residents not to ignore El Nino alerts because the County would receive heavy rains in November.

“The mudslides that have been reported might even get worse and locals should heed advice when asked to move out of a place. The County is set to receive heavy rains from this week and this will increase in intensity until mid-November, where the real El Nino rains will have set in," Runanu said.

He cited areas such as Narok town, Suswa, Nairegia Enkare and Ntulele among others as being prone to flooding due to the nature of the terrain.

The met officer cautioned road users along the busy Maai-Mahiu–Narok highway to be on the look-out because the sections of the highway usually get flooded.

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