Governor Hassan Joho came to the aid of families displaced by the Mombasa floods on Thursday. He distributed relief items such as mattresses, blankets, and food stuff to over 1,600 families affected by the floods.
He distributed relief items such as mattresses, blankets, and food stuff to over 1,600 families affected by the floods.
Heavy rains were recorded in the county in the past week leaving at least eight people dead. The county government has also warned of possible mudslides as a result of the rains in several areas including Jomvu and Changamwe constituencies.
Residents of Bombolulu estate were forced to stay in their houses due to the Mombasa floods created by the heavy rains pounding the Coast region since Monday.
This also came after dirty storm waters flooded their houses and destroyed property worth millions of shillings.
County government officials, as well as members of the county fire brigade and disaster preparedness, were involved in the rescue operation.
In addition to the relief items, Joho said the county will provide clean water and medical care to the displaced to avert the outbreak of waterborne diseases.
“We will continue to support those affected to cope with the situation until they able to get back to their feet,” Joho said. “We have also initiated a feeding program for all those affected by floods in various areas around the County.”
The governor also added that the county has embarked on demolishing illegal structures constructed along waterways.
“The process will cut across the whole county. The exercise is aimed at clearing illegal structures that are responsible for flooding in most parts of the county,” he said.
Some people have viewed the governor’s gesture as a campaign plan. Whether or not Mr. Joho is looking to profit from the natural disaster in the forthcoming elections, more effort needs to be put in to help displaced people.