ALIN Awarded 2011 Access to Learning Award by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

James Nguo, ALIN Regional Director, rejoices after the announcement in San Juan, Puerto Rico by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photo: © BMGF

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

How does construction affect disaster risk reduction?

 Photo by Musembi Nzengu
A lot of research have been carried to examines the ways in which construction practitioners might adapt or affect the built environment. 
Most of the report notes that everyone interacts with, and is affected by, the built environment. However, the impacts of the construction either of roads or any public infrasture is considered a disasters  by the locals since it can be so profound as to wipe out years of development and investment.

In Mwingi District which is in Mwingi North constituency of Kitui county . The local are counting losses after the construction of Mwingi –Tseikuru road was started. The pot-holed Mwingi-Kyuso-Tseikuru road which was the subject of a strike by both bus and matatu crew early 2011 tarmacing has started by Chinenese company. Apart from being a development by the area Mp honourable Kalonzo Musyoka most of the farmers were forced to uproot their Mango planataion for the road expansion.

Other affected parties are business men/women who had bult along the road. There has also been reported that many resident have lost livestock and pets such as dogs and cats due to being knocked out by the road construction machinery and vehicles.This thereat is very serious expecially when there is increasing global population , urbanization , climate change and terrostist threat in area.  economic and process-related barriers to achieving built-in resilience. 

It provides the following guiding principles: