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Coast rains render more homeless as death toll rises

Murimi Mutiga and Reuben Mwambingu @peopledailyke

The death toll from floods that have caused havoc in Coast region has reached nine. Two of the victims, a man and his four-year-old daughter, died in Mikindani after a wall collapsed on their house.

“We rescued a woman from the house and took her to hospital,” said OCPD Peter Omanwa. In Bamburi, the body of a middle-aged man was recovered on Tuesday morning. The man is suspected to have been swept away by floods while trying to cross an open drainage.

“The man could have drowned at night as he tried to cross an open drainage,” said Kisauni OCPD Christopher Rotich. In Kisauni, 65 children were rescued after their orphanage was marooned.

The founder of Swabur Orphanage, Mzee Juma Bakari, said foodstuff and property of unknown value was destroyed. On Monday, six people among them a mother and her four children died after a perimeter fence collapsed on a structure where they were taking shelter from a heavy downpour. President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday mourned the victims saying he was deeply saddened by the deaths.

In his message of condolence to the families, relatives and friends, Uhuru said: “My thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow and grief. It is my prayer that the Almighty God will give you the strength and courage to bear the tragic loss.”

Addressing the press at the disaster scene in Mbaraki, Governor Hassan Joho directed that all perimeter walls on water course ways be demolished with immediate effect.

“We have identified several perimeter walls interfering with the flow of flood water. I am directing that all illegally constructed walls be demolished,” he said.

Meanwhile, hundreds of families have been displaced by the floods while others remain marooned in water in remote villages of Tana River, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Kilifi counties. The floods have also caused closure of several schools in the region after classes got flooded, exposing pupils to water-borne diseases.

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