County sets up rescue centres to shield locals from floods

County sets up rescue centres to shield locals from floods

Date: 12 May 2017 11:01

The Mombasa County government has established rescue centres to accommodate people affected by floods.

Land, Housing and Planning executive Anthony Njaramba said the eight centres in the six sub-counties are a temporary measure to assist families displaced by floods.

Speaking after donating food, blankets and mattresses to Junda residents - who are sheltering at the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa Holy Angels Church in Kisauni - Mr Njaramba said the county administration is determined to ensure the victims resume their normal lives when the rains subside.

"Let us seek God’s intervention to have rain [that will not harm] the residents but make them reap a rich harvest in their farms," Mr Njaramba said.

MEDICAL CARE
The county officials had on Wednesday started distributing food, blankets and mattresses to more than 1,600 families.

He said the administration is also providing clean water and medical care to avert outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

The victims had also asked the government to relocate them to safer areas.

Residents of Changamwe, Kisauni, Likoni, Jomvu, Nyali, and parts of Mombasa Island are among those affected.

In Changamwe, at least 350 people were displaced while more than 20 houses in Mishomoroni were submerged.

PROPERTIES LOST

The rescue centres are Chaani Social Hall, Kwashee Hall (Changamwe), Najah Muslim School, Kongowea Social Hall, Tazama Christ Centre, Pefa Church, Saint Joseph Catholic (Kisauni) and the Likoni Fire Station.

"We thank God we now have shelter but we have lost our properties, which were destroyed by the heavy rains.

"We just pray that we get someone who will help us after here," said Mwanaisha Hamadi, one of the victims sheltering at Junda Catholic Church.


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