Kenyan Coast bracing for El-nino rains

Kenyan Coast bracing for El-nino rains

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Most parts of Coast region including Mombasa reported average rainfall Tuesday night, marking an onset of the El-nino rains.

The rainfall continued till Wednesday, a reality that the much predicted El-nino is coming to pass.

The Meteorological Department had earlier notified the public to be watchful of the El-nino rains as from Thursday.

Meteorological experts have also predicted this year’s El-nino rains to be much stronger than 1997-98 El-nino.

Mombasa County meteorological department had 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 Thursday , a situation that will continue up to the end of January next year.

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

So far the government through various ministries is putting in  place mitigation measures to avert disasters during the rainy seasons.

Measures include distribution of anti malarial nets by Public, mapping of flood risk areas, identifying evacuations sites across the county among others.

So far residents living in flood prone areas have been notified to vacate and move to safer places for safety.

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.

“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 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.