Mombasa County ready for the El-Nino, says CEC Amadoh

Lands and Urban Planning CECM Mohamed Hussein and Mombasa Red Cross Chair Mahmoud Noor./COURTESY

Mombasa County is prepared for the coming El-Nino rains expected from next month to January 2024.

According to Mombasa Lands, Housing and Urban Planning County Executive Committee Member Mohamed Hussein (Amadoh), the County has made sufficient plans to ensure residents are not adversely affected by the el-nino rains.

“We went around, marking the flood and disaster-prone areas in the county to see how we can address the challenges being faced. For example, we have widened the culverts in Utange to ensure the smooth flow of water. We have also disconnected many illegal stormwater drain connections and also unclogged them,” said the CECM.

Lands and Urban Planning CECM Mohamed Hussein with the Transport CECM Manyala Dan and Kenya Red Cross Society officials led by Secretary-General Dr. Ahmed Idriss and Mombasa County Chairman Mahmoud Noor assessing the construction of box culverts and unclogging of blocked drainage around Utange in Bamburi Ward./COURTESY

“We are working hand in hand with all related departments and stakeholders to ensure Mombasa residents are safe during and after the coming rains,” added Amadoh.

Speaking to Baraka FM, Amadoh said the county is trying to find a permanent solution to the big challenge that exists in the Kisimani and Ziwa la Ng’ombe areas.

“The permanent solution will come with the Highway being constructed by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) from Nyali Bridge to Kilifi. We talked to KeNHA as the Planning department to avoid facing the same problem we had in Utange where a road is constructed but the culvert constructed is very narrow meaning that when it rains the road gets flooded,” said Amadoh.

He called on road contractors to consider drainage too when constructing roads.

“Look at the challenge we had in Kibarani, beautiful road but when it rains… They constructed the road but forgot the drainage part, the one that was there was blocked, but we called and they rectified it,” he said.

The el-nino rains are projected to start in October and last till January 2024.