Woman killed in Mombasa flood waters

By Millicent Awour

A middle aged woman died after she was swept by flood water along Kiungani road off Mombasa road in Syokimau area.

The woman is reported to have been negotiating the flood waters when she fell into a trench that had been covered with flood waters.

The woman’s body that was swept several miles away was recovered Tuesday morning.

The heavy rains that pounded Nairobi and Machakos county Monday evening also caused flooding and a heavy traffic snarl up along Mombasa road.

In Syokimau area a developer who had put up a perimeter wall along a water way ready to put up a storied building is counting losses after the wall was washed away and property of an unknown value destroyed.

Residents of the area that is within Machakos County  are now calling on the requisite authorities to demolish structures put up along a water course that they say is causing unnecessary flooding in the area. Most feeder roads in the area are now impassable following the heavy downpours.

Meanwhile, Traders at Daraja Mbili within the Kisii Central Business district (CBD) incurred heavy losses after their wares were swept by freak floods that hit the  largest open air market in the region.

The floods swept through the market after river Nyakomiraso burst its banks.

The Kisii County Chief Officer in charge of disaster management, Patrick Lumumba said there were no causalities. He however blamed the traders for ignoring warnings issued earlier on the El-nino phenomenon.

Elsewhere, Traders at the Limuru market have protested over the poor state of the market following heavy rains that have been pounding the area. The traders say customers cannot access the market due to this state of affairs leaving them with heavy loses yet they continue to pay levies.

They claimed that most of their goods are now rotting in the stores that have leaking roofs.

Speaking Tuesday morning after holding the demonstrations, the traders accused the Kiambu county government of being slow in addressing their plight. They vowed to stop paying rates to the County’s Council until the matter is addressed.

However, officers from the Kiambu county Government have denied that they have been slow in acting over the same.

The officers led by the Kiambu Public administration head Dominic Gicheru said they called for a meeting with the traders before the rains started but the turnout way poor.

He however said there are looking at measures on how best to they can arrest the situation.



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