Heavy rains cause havoc in Mswambweni

Heavy rains cause havoc in Mswambweni

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Destruction caused by the heavy rains in Msambweni. PHOTO: LAWRENCE SITA

Kwale, KENYA: Hundreds of residents were left stranded on Saturday in Kinondo village Msambweni sub county, after their houses were destroyed by heavy rains experienced in the area.

The rains that have been pouring for the last three consecutive days were accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds which ripped off the roofs and uprooted several trees and crops.

Antony Steva’s mad house collapsed on him as he was asleep. He however managed to escape with minor injuries.

“As the rains continued I started feeling cold and my house started falling” he says
adding that he decided to walk out as the house came trembling down.

He says he was lucky since the house was made of mud and makuti which did little harm.

For Mwanasiti Ramadham who was sleeping with her children, it was a nightmare as she says the rains accompanied by strong winds were shaking her house and so she decided to call her husband.

Mwanasiti could later start running out with her children only to see iron sheets flying before them.

“Then we saw darkness and I decided to release the big children who could run on their own,” she says.

She says it was a tense moment for her.

Schools and a hospital were also not spared. At Kinondo Secondary roofs were blown out which left text books and computers soaking in water.

The deputy head teacher Mr. Rashid Kamanza says the estimate loss stands at Ksh 2 million.

At the Kinondo Hospital, roofs of the staff houses and the X- Ray room were also ripped off.

“We are waiting for an electrician to assess the building and ascertain whether the buildings are safe use since water has penetrated in electric pipes” said Harrison Kaingu the hospital’s executive officer.

He estimates the loss to be between Ksh 600,000 and 1 Million.

The area chief Ali Riga said that most houses and plants were destroyed in over villages in the Location.

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He added that they are in touch with the Red Cross in a bid to handle arising humanitarian crisis.