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Panic as disaster body conducts drills

08 April 2014, 10:20

Nairobi - The Kenya National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) is assessing the responsiveness of various security departments in the event of an emergency.

The organisation conducted a drill in Kibera simulating a train derailment in the area that had experienced a train accident in December last year. The accident injured several passengers.

According to the NDOC, 200 officers from different departments took part in the drill.

“The exercise was to test coordination of the response from different departments in case of an emergency, to identify gaps in planning and procedures, and also to determine what logistical and resource assistance would be needed in the event of a large-scale disaster,” read a statement from the NDOC.

The drill incorporated personnel from the Kenya Railways, the military NDOC. Police, Kenya Red Cross, St John Ambulance and the Fire Brigade.

“The area was filled with smoke to simulate a fire and derailment. There were mock rescue and emergency response operations coordinated by the NDOC,” read a statement from the NDOC.

Meanwhile, the drill sent members of the public on panic mode.

This followed hearsay that 20 people had died due to a derailment.

The NDOC was however quick to clarify that it was just a simulation aimed gauging responsiveness of various security departments in the event of an emergency.

Disaster management in Kenya has been under criticism in the past for its inefficiency in handling of emergencies.

In the wake of renewed terror attacks in the country, the drills are welcome in preparing of both the public and the personnel who deal with emergencies.

 – CAJ News

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