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Special disaster unit formed to tackle disasters

14 August 2013, 12:47

Nairobi - The government on Tuesday announced the formation of a special unit that will be tasked with handling national disasters, which came in the wake of a disastrous fire at JKIA.

Cabinet Secretary Francis Kimemia said that the unit will operate at the same level with the best disaster management organisations globally.

"The team will be trained by international partners to ensure rapid response. It's not a task force but a permanent team," Kimemia said.

He said the unit, headed by senior police commander Joseph Ole Tito, will be tasked with aiding in national disasters, formulating preventative measures as well as mapping out potential disasters.

Kimemia added that the team will establish mechanisms for rapid response and coordination of all emergency agencies in the country.

"The unit will be fully equipped with modern equipment and the commanders will bring together security and civil forces," he said.

The special unit came after an inferno that gutted the arrival terminal of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Aug 7 and paralyzed operations for the better part of the day.

Investigations into the possible cause of the massive fire which has been dozens of passengers stranded at the country's main airport are still ongoing.

- Xinhua

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