NATIONAL FETE IN A DAY

Heavy rains unearth Mombasa’s poor drainage system

Floods have swept heaps of garbage towards drainage manholes hence blocking the systems

In Summary

• Mashujaa Day is just days away. County hosting fete for the first time ever. 

• National event may be interrupted if it rains on Sunday. 

A matatu wades through flash floods at Bamburi in Mombasa on October 13
SWEPT UNDER MAT: A matatu wades through flash floods at Bamburi in Mombasa on October 13
Image: JOHN CHESOLI

The ongoing heavy rains have exposed Mombasa’s poor drainage systems. Just a few days to the county’s hosting of Mashujaa Day, residents and visitors are witnessing drainage challenges for past couple of weeks.

Heaps of garbage have been swept by marauding floods towards manholes hence blocking the drainage systems. Roads and streets are impassable.

Roads have become fast-moving streams or seasonal rivers and many residents have decided not to report to work and are staying indoors; which will ultimately affect turnout at the national fete.

 

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