By Judie Kaberia
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – A blaze at Kimathi House in the centre of Nairobi destroyed at least two floors on Sunday night, as firefighters arrived ill-equipped to fight the blaze.The fire started shortly before 8pm and by 8.30pm, there was little effort made to contain it since fire engines that rushed to the scene, were not properly equipped to reach the 6th and 7th floors which were damaged in the inferno.“When the Nairobi fire fighters came, their hoses could not reach high up the building,” said Kenya Red Cross Nairobi Branch Chairman Kweya Obedi.Obedi who owns a business on the 1st floor of the building said half an hour after the blaze started, electricity supply had not been cut off, frustrating firefighters’ efforts.
“The Kenya Power came too late to put off the electricity. That is another cause why the fire spread so fast and the damage was bigger,” he said.“So far 5th, 6th, and 7th floors have been affected but that will be confirmed after the assessment is done,” he added.Rogers Egesa whose office is on the 6th floor was also at the scene moments after the fire broke out.“I can see 6th floor is really burning. We do investment advisory. I got a phone call from someone who was passing here. First I thought it was a joke, and then I got a second call… that’s when I rushed here at around 7.40pm,” he recounted to Capital FM News.The owner of the building who identified himself only as Mutuma was among people who rushed to the scene but refused to talk to journalists.It took concerted efforts of G4S, KK Security Guards and the National Youth Service to put out the fire that was finally contained shortly before 10pm.
Members of the public at the scene took issue with the City Council of Nairobi due to the slow response by their firefighters.“This city council is just useless. They came here late, there were not effective, their water was not reaching even the 3rd floor, if it were not for the private firms, this building would have completely burnt down,” eye witnesses charged.Nairobi central divisional police chief Eric Mugambi said there were no casualties.“The cause of fire has not been established and so far there are no casualties", he said.
By K.N.A, Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Raging fire burned several parts of Mt. Kenya National Park destroying thousands of acres of grassland.-The fire consumed Upper Burguret and some parts of Gathiuru forest, Narumoro river valley and along Nairobi riverine South Moorland at Sirmon area which is estimated 10,000 feet above the sea level.
Marcus Oxley recently reported back from another UNISDR multi-stakeholder workshop, this time in Armenia. The two-day workshop, held on the 2nd of March in Yerevan brought government and non-government people together for the first time to discuss local level monitoring of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).
Armenia’s main threats are earthquakes, floods and rain-induced landslides. The workshop participants had more experience in disaster preparedness and response than disaster risk reduction (DRR). Not surprisingly groups tended to focus the discussion on monitoring of disaster response rather than DRR. As a result, the discussion on local-level monitoring of the HFA still has some way to go. An agreed work plan for the local monitoring process is yet to be developed including the harmonisation of the Global Assessment Report and Views from the Frontline review initiatives.
Still, there were many positives to take away from the meeting. The Ministry of Emergency Situations appeared to be very open to collaboration and engagement with civil society organisations. Importantly, levels of engagement on this issue were very high and the benefits of local multi-stakeholder monitoring were recognised by all participants.
The GNDR has teamed up with Txteagle, a company that uses mobile technology for data collection. The aim of the partnership is to gain a wider reach of surveys for Views from the Frontline (VFL). This year, VFL will have 40,000 surveys from 48 countries by text only to complement the face-to-face surveys also being carried out. A journalist from MobileActive.org spoke to Terry Gibson from the GNDR and Nathan Eagle, founder of TxtEagle to find out more about the GNDR project. Read more about it here
Marcus Oxley, Chairman of the Global Network for Disaster Reduction, is just back in the London office after attending the first of a series of 'multi-stakeholder meetings organised by UN-ISDR and GNDR His team caught up with him to find out how it went:
What is a 'multi-stakeholder' consultation, and what was the purpose of it??
The UN-ISDR mostly uses surveys from national government to report on country progress in achieving the goals of the Hyogo Framework for Action. The outcomes of these five planned consultations will be used by the UN-ISDR to develop local-level surveys or other ways of monitoring of the Hyogo Framework for Action. The consultations also foster dialogue between government and local level groups so that local communities are more supported and protected when disaster strikes. This was the first one, so I was eager to be there and see it. It was held in Jakarta, Indonesia
So who was there besides you?
There were about fifty people there including me and the UN-ISDR. They were a mix of people from local, district and national level government in Indonesia, as well as non-profit organizations and community-based organizations.
What was your role there?
It was important for me to attend the first workshop and see how the process went, as it was the first time we had a joint workshop with the UNISDR in this way.
You flew from London to Jakarta just to attend the consultation. Was the jet-lag worth it?
The team is in the middle of preparing the Views from the Frontline 2011 survey results and co-ordinating communication events at the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction this May, so it’s a very busy time for me at the moment. But, nothing can replace the value of meeting the Global network’s members face-to-face, feeling their energy and enthusiasm for their work and learning more about the activities they are involved in first-hand.
What was the highlight for you of the 3-day meeting?
There were many highlights for me , but one of the most invaluable to me was spending time getting to know Sujit from UNISDR and his thoughts on where local level monitoring is going. By 2013 the UNISDR hope to have local-level monitoring in more countries.
What was achieved at the end of the last day?
There was a broad agreement that there is definitely a value to the local-level monitoring of the Hyogo Framework for Action and that there is a value to having multi-stakeholder consultations on monitoring. Issues came up of lack of capacity at all levels of government, about lack of coordination of efforts, resources and knowledge. We talked about where the UN-ISDR could fill these gaps. The really big challenge seems to be the gap between the local and national level coordination.
What happens next?
The next workshop is in Nepal and will be followed by workshops in Armenia, Peru and Mozambique all taking place in February.
The devastating flood in Pakistan had destroyed more than half of the economy of the country.The country which was already facing several other crises including terrorism,poverty,corruption,illiteracy has now hit by another challenge in the form of flood.At this crucial time ,the world has pledge to help Pakistan in any form .
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Pakistan on Sunday August 16 2010 to boost relief efforts as concerns grew about the 20 million people made homeless in one of the worst disasters to hit the country.
Authorities said more flood surges were coursing down the River Indus and other waterways in southern Sindh province and were expected to peak later Sunday, causing fresh deluges. The river, which in better times irrigates the crops of millions of farmers, is 15 miles (25 kilometers) wide at some points — 25 times wider than during normal monsoon seasons.
The United Nations said the rate of diarrheal disease continued to increase among survivors. Cholera, which can spread rapidly after floods and other disasters, had also been detected in the northwest, where the floods first hit more than two weeks ago.
About 1,500 people have died in the disaster and more than 7.9 million acres (3.2 million hectares) of cotton, sugar cane and wheat crops destroyed.
Before anything else, the direness of much of Pakistani life requires acknowledgement. Most of the affected areas were catastrophes long before the floods arrived: their major socio-economic indicators—the literacy rate, school enrollment rate, and child mortality rate—were already abysmal. The poverty in some parts of southern Punjab, for example, stood at 55 percent before the floods
This is a humanitarian crisis, and one should really not consider the nationality of the families dieing due to such a crisis. It is so unfortunate that people are considering.
In response to the recent Flood in Pakistan this past mongth, The Saharo Welfare Organization is stepping up to support those people most directly impacted.
The Saharo Welfare Organization is partnering with the Pakistan Medical Association to provide direct support to the relief efforts in Sindh Province of Pakistan.
. In Pakistan, an estimated 3 million victims of the worst floods in 80 years are searching for hope. Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes, drinking water is filthy and contaminated, and food is scarce. One look at the devastating images of men and women walking through brown water up to their chests makes all of us feel grateful for our comfortable — and dry — homes
Those wishing to provide financial assistance to Flood victims can also make tax deductible contributions to the Saharo Welfare Organization Disaster Relief Fund .
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We are looking towards International Community for their support and help. Remember, God loves those who love humanity.
”I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this.” - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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