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Grief as 14-year-old boy is swept by floods

06 May 2016, 10:43 Gabriel Ngallah

Mombasa - A 14-year-old boy was swept away by raging waters at Kalahari in Changamwe, Mombasa on Thursday afternoon following a heavy downpour which started at 4am Thursday morning and continued for the rest of the day.

Confirming the incident, Kenya Red Cross Mombasa County Chief Officer, Mohammed Rajab Said said that the their emergency response team camped at the scene to help locate the boy.

Rajab said that the boy was crossing a small bridge constructed by locals to enable them cross from over to the other but the place had already flooded, completely covering the makeshift bridge and swept away the young boy who was outside their house with friends.

“The rains are heavy but we had been alerted by the national meteorological department so it is our duty to act upon it or else we will face even more of such cases,” reiterated Rajab.

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The humanitarian officer issued a fresh appeal to locals within areas affected by floods including Kalahari, Chaani, Migadini and Mwagosi in Changamwe  to be extra vigilant so as to avoid such incidences.

On her part, Janet Nzioka, a step mother to the young boy expressed fears that it might not be possible to retrieve the boy since the water flows into a tunnel heading to the India ocean.

A local resident, Mariam Nyare blamed the County government for not taking any measures to prevent such disasters.

“We have reported several times to the relevant authority concerning the drainage system within our residential areas but nothing has been done so far,” she complained.

Until Thursday evening after 6:30 pm, divers and life savers from the Kenya Red Cross society and those from the Kenya Navy were still searching for the boy in the tunnel and at the Indian ocean.

The incident comes as the Kenya Red Cross society expressed fears that the heavy downpour may lead to humanitarian crisis especially in slum areas if it continues for more than 12 hours.

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