Kilifi families stranded after storm blows off houses leaving a Kshs. 9...

Kilifi families stranded after storm blows off houses leaving a Kshs. 9 million loss.

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Locals assess the damage caused after a storm hit Tezo area in Kilifi. Photo by Grace Mithamo.

More than 20 families at Kaereni village of Tezo ward, Kilifi County, are in need of emergency assistance after a storm blew off their houses on Tuesday night.

Heavy rain accompanied with strong wind has pounded many areas within the Coast region since late last month, leaving a trail of destruction and resulting in transport problems due to flooding that makes roads impassable.

The 10.00 pm storm which started as the locals were preparing to go to bed, left victims homeless, and were forced to spent the rest of the night in the cold, with officials estimating losses at about nine million shillings.

“Apart from the houses, cashew nut trees have also been brought down by the heavy wind. We are now asking the government to intervene and assist the locals who will have to spend the night in the cold,” Cosmas Foleni, area ward representative, told Baraka FM.

“The loss I suffered at the moment is Sh200,000 (shillings). Some school uniforms for my children have been blown away and I am yet to trace them,” he said.

Children were among those affected and locals feared they would catch deadly colds if they did not receive immediate assistance.

“I am stranded and the children have not been able to go to school. I am asking the government to intervene and assist us,” a woman victim, said.

In Mombasa, streets and homes remained submerged in water as heavy rain continued to fall across the island.

Weather experts have warned that the rains will continue for at least two more weeks.

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