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Police stage mock train derailment in Kibera

A least two hundred officers from different departments participated on a drill on a mock train derailment at Kibera Monday morning.

The exercise was to test the coordination of the different departments in case of emergency, identify gaps in plan and procedures and also to determine what resource assistance would be required in a large-scale disaster.

The matter was reported at 6.30 and at around 6.45am, the first officers had arrived at the scene in Kibera.

During the exercise, personnel from the Kenya Railways, the military, National Disaster Operations Centre, police, Kenya Red Cross, St John Ambulance, and the Fire Brigade reacted to the simulated disaster that lasted for about one hour.

The area was filled with smoke to create the impression that the train was on fire.

Railways Police commandant Kirimi Ringera has confirmed that it was only a drill to establish the response of security officers in case of emergencies, especially casualty evacuation.