In Summary
  • Wilfred Jira Kaimu, his sister Scarlett Mare Kaimu, and her son Braven, Kaimu, drowned after their canoe capsized on the Marimani-Maunguja stretch in Mwakirunge Ward on Friday.
  • In Taita-Taveta county, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is on high alert and ready to act if the Galana and Voi rivers break their banks.
  • Last Thursday, over 200 pupils spent the night in Tsavo East National Park after their vehicles got stuck in the mud.

Three people have died in Mombasa while several others have been left homeless as heavy rains continue across the country.

Wilfred Jira Kaimu, his sister Scarlett Mare Kaimu, and her son Braven Kaimu drowned after their canoe capsized on the Marimani-Maunguja stretch in Mwakirunge Ward on Friday.

The bodies of the three were later retrieved and buried.

“Wilfred Jira Kaimu was steering the canoe before it capsized. He was helping his sister and the baby cross over from Voroni village in Rabai to join their relatives who live across the creek. They decided to use the Indian Ocean after the main road became impassable following the heavy rains,” said Mr James Kobe.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho urged the residents using the channel to be extremely careful.

Mombasa County Kenya Red Cross Director Mohammed Rajab said areas most prone to floods and landslides include Chaani, Mikindani, Jomvu Kuu, Bamburi, Junda, Kiembeni and Kadzandani, Moroto slums, Ganjoni, Majengo, Kona Mpya, Consolata Catholic Church, and Shika Adabu.

TSAVO PARK

In Taita-Taveta county, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is on high alert and ready to act if the Galana and Voi rivers break their banks.

Tsavo KWS Assistant Director Robert Njue assured tourists at Tsavo National Park of their safety as the rains continue.

Speaking in Voi, Mr Njue said they visited Satao and Galdessa Safari camps and put in place measures to ensure safety of tourists.

“We have talked to the management and given them all the emergency contacts they call,” he said.

Last year, several tourist camps deep in the heart of Tsavo East National Park were washed away, forcing the government to evacuatetourists stranded there

Property worth millions of shillings belonging to DOA DOA, Kulalu, Kiboko, Swara, Bufallo and Shoroa safari camps was destroyed.

TOURIST NUMBERS

Mr Njue said the heavy rains have not deterred tourists, with most of the hotels in the park fully booked.

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