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Woman killed as floods wreak havoc in Coast

Reuben Mwambingu, Michael Kwena and Rose Wachira @PeopleDailyKe

Floods have wreaked havoc in various parts of Mombasa and Marsabit counties. In the coastal county, a tree fell and killed a middle aged woman near Mbaraki police-line yesterday.

Another woman was rushed to hospital with serious injuries according to witnesses of the 2pm incident. Joseph Changawa, a water vendor who witnessed the incident said he watched as the tree fell and crashed the women.

“I was pushing my handcart when I heard a loud bhang as the tree fell on the young woman who was washing dishes under the tree,” said Changawa. He said the other woman, who sells cigarettes near the tree, sustained serious injuries and was taken to hospital. Flooded homesteads, blocked sewers and impassable roads were the order of the day in parts of Mombasa as the heavy rains which started on Tuesday night continued to pound the region.

By yesterday afternoon, feeder roads leading to Junda area in Mishomoroni, Bakarani, Mwandoni among other parts of Kisauni were virtually impassable. Residents decried poor drainage. In Junda, a floods prone area in North East of Mombasa Island, houses were completely submerged.

Mombasa county government leadership came under attack over alleged poor service delivery as the residents accused Governor Hassan Ali Joho’s regime of failing to fix the county’s infrastructure and drainage system.

“I run a kiosk business but as you can see, the shop has become an island with water up to the doorstep… the road to this place is not passable and in a situation like this, you can hardly get customers,” said Justus Mithika, who owns a retail shop in Junda.

In Marsabit county, at least 100 families have been displaced in Saku constituency, following yesterday’s floods that has seen destruction of property. Heavy downpour on Thursday night that has left Marsabit town and its environs flooded forcing businesspeople to close their shops.

According to Hassan Jilo, a businessman in Marsabit town, the floods are as a result of poor drainage system in the town citing poor road construction by the contractor who constructed the Laisamis-Moyale highway.

A spot check by the People Daily, revealed that most businesses remained closed as most shops were submerged. Residents urged the Kenya Red Cross Society and the National Disaster Management to provide them with basic commodities after their houses were swept away. “The situation is pathetic and we need immediate intervention,” Yussuf Jillo, a resident said.

According to most of the affected families, the rain is still expected to continue until mid of this month and mitigation measures needs to be taken by the KeNHA Addressing journalists at Manyatta Willy, one of the affected villages, area Member of County Assembly Hassan Wako said that he will lead residents in demonstrations for the issue to be addressed by the relevant authorities.

He also threatened to take legal action against the construction company that he claims has contributed to the heavy floods when it rains. “We have been raised concerns over how these roads were constructed and it’s now time for action to be taken otherwise families will drown if the rains continue,” he said.

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