The county government of Lamu will use the Sh 6 million that had earlier been set aside as emergence fund to address current effects of the heavy rains that have been pounding the region for the past five days.
The money is targeted at tackling flooding, displacement of households, waterborne diseases, food decay and shortages amongst other calamities brought about by the rains.
By MOHAMED AHMED
Heavy rains in the coastal region on Monday that left six people dead were as result of a storm hitting from the South Coast, experts say.
The Kenya Meteorological Department said the storm hit Tanga and Lunga Lunga and because of the conducive sea surface temperature, the pressure increased.
In an interview with the Nation, Mombasa County Director of Meteorological Service Lydia Kinoti said because of the pressure, the storm moved closer to the high seas and hence the heavy downpour.
By MOHAMED AHMED
The ravages of heavy rains pound the Coastal have claimed five lives in Kwale, Governor Salim Mvurya has said.
This brings the total number of lives lost due to the heavy downpour in the region to 14.
Nine people died in Mombasa on Monday and Tuesday.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mr Mvurya also said the floods had uprooted at least 1, 500 families from their homes and killed livestock.
This comes as roads in Kwale were rendered impassable on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A man and his four-year-old daughter died in Maporomokoni, Mikindani, following a landslide on Monday night.
Kisauni police boss Christopher Rotich said the body of an unidentified man was found at Vescon Estate in Bamburi on Tuesday morning.
87 pupils at Swabur Children’s Home in Mwandoni, Kisauni, were rescued and taken to another orphanage after their home was marooned.
By ROBERT SHAW
There is a bigger national food crunch than was projected or anticipated due to drought and the armyworm invasion.
This is already being reflected in the upward surge of prices of many basic foods.
In turn it is going to force us to take a longer and harder look at our overall food sufficiency situation and how potentially vulnerable we are.
It is important to emphasize the holistic nature of the food crunch.