Mombasa residents defy government warnings as the County prepares for El-nino floods

Mombasa residents defy government warnings as the County prepares for El-nino floods

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Residents living in floods prone areas in Mombasa are yet to vacate and move to alternative areas for their safety despite numerous warnings from relevant authorities over the much expected El-nino rains.

Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa said already the government has mapped out Kalahari and Jomvu areas in Changamwe, Fungashati, Mwakirunge and Junda in Kisauni and Mtongwe in Likoni  as most notorious for flooding and landslides.

Addressing the press on Thursday after meeting with various stakeholders to discuss disaster preparedness during  Elnino rains, Marwa said residents living in Kalahari and Jomvu areas should have now moved to safer places instead of sitting back waiting for disaster.

“For example Residents of Kalahari don’t listen at all, but tell them this round they will have to, let them look for safer places at their own, we won’t look land for them, where will we take them?,” asked tough talking Mr. Marwa.

The County Commissioner however said government machineries will be used to contained abnormal situations, including police helicopters and military vehicles in cases of emergencies.

Asked where the affected residents especially those in Kalahari should move, Marwa said he was not aware of any place they should go, but ask them to look for their own alternative places.

Other areas likely to be affected by Elnino rains are: Dongo Kundu in Likoni, Kongowea market, Bombolulu and Mshomoroni in Kisauni.

Evacuation centers

The government has also identified key centers for evacuation when need arises. In Likoni sub county, Fire station area near Shika Adabu will be used for evacuation purposes.

Changamwe sub county refinery has been identified.  In Kisauni, Mkomani Showground has been identified,  in Mombasa island ,Tononoka grounds will be used while in Jomvu ,Kajembe high school was identified.

“This centers are critical and we expect to be of importance to rescue people,” said county commissioner.

Weathermen

Mombasa County meteorological department has predicted disastrous situations during the El-nino rains.

Ms Lydia Kinot , County director in charge of Meteorological department confirmed  they have been monitoring the weather and according to their research, 90-95 percent shows that Elnino rains will be real and disastrous.

Ms Kinoti said heavy rains with strong winds and storms will be experienced as from early next week , a situation that will continue up to end of January next year.

“For the last 5 months we have been monitoring situation, it is also monitored internationally and Elnino is there, so when the temperatures continue rising then there is positive Elnino will occur,” said Ms Kinoti.

Most areas to be affected in Mombasa county  such as Mwakirunge, Mwaunguja and  Jomvu kuu will experience around 300-400 millimeters of rainfall.

“We expect some of the roads to be impassible and that’s why we have to do mitigation measures, but there is a lot to be done in our county, we have weak points like Moroto and Kalahari which are prone areas,” said Ms Kinoti.

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