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Cyclone Hidaya: Govt bans beach activities to avert potential effects

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The ban is effective in Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu Counties until midnight on Monday, May 6, 2024

The Government has banned beach activities within Kenya’s territorial waters until midnight on Monday, May 6, 2024 over Cyclone Hidaya.

Other activities the Government has suspended include fishing, swimming, and non-essential transport in Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu Counties.

“As a precautionary measure, activities within Kenya’s territorial waters, along the beaches and within settlements adjacent to the shoreline will have to be disrupted for public safety reasons,” said Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki.

CS Kindiki, in a statement said the move was necessitated after scientific tracking of the Cyclone established that the Cyclone has acquired full status with the capability of remaining so until it hits the Coasts of Kenya and Tanzania.

“The Cyclone could generate massive precipitation with strong winds and powerful waves capable of significantly disrupting normal activities within Kenya’s territorial waters in the Indian Ocean as well as human settlements along the Kenyan Coast,” he said.

Kindiki, further, directed the County Security and Intelligence Committees (CSICs) of the four Counties in collaboration with the Kenya Coast Guard Service (KCGS) to immediately issue notices and to strictly enforce a ban on beach activities to avert potential Cyclone Hidaya effects.

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