Mombasa County team unclogs waterways, clears roads

The Mombasa County Government Disaster Management response team has unclogged the drainages of some areas and roads that had flooded following a heavy downpour.

This comes after pleas from residents affected by the flooding the rains that hit the county on Friday night and the early hours of Saturday.

The team led by Transport CEC Dan Manyalla spent the better part of the day clearing water pathways that had rendered some regions within the county impassable interrupting day to day activities.

This is after the Kenya Meteorological Department warned of heavy downpours and strong winds across the country between April 18 and April 24.

According to the notice by the Met Department some areas especially the coastal regions and the lowlands were expected to flood as a result of the rains.

Manyalla said some of the flooded areas saw the water clear out on its own, while his team focused on cleaning and unclogging drainages in flood prone areas.

He said that the response team had cleared waterways along the Moses Muhammad Road, and Coast general access road amongst others.

He cautioned residents residing in the flooded areas to prioritize their safety adding that the team which is working in hand with members of the Mombasa Ni Yangu Program was working round the clock to clear all flooded areas.

Mombasa Ni Yangu Program has over 2,300 casual labourers who are tasked with unclogging drainages and manholes from all the sub-counties.

The program was founded by Governor Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir in December 2022.

Manyalla said that the group’s help had come in handy in averting a bigger crisis in the county, and are expected to salvage the drawback as the county puts in place long-term solutions for the distress.