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Heavy downpour hits Coast region

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[Ruaka apartments parking lot. Photo/Courtesy].

Heavy down pour has been experienced in many parts of the Coast region throughout Wednesday and will intensify according to the meteorological department.

Mombasa County experienced heavy downpour the whole of Wednesday with its intensity expected to be high on Thursday throughout Friday.

The meteorological department said the rains will increase from 33% to a higher level of 66% over the weekend.

The region will receive over 30 mm of rains in just 24 hours.

The department has sent an alert to relevant government authorities and urged the public to be on high alert.

It has further sent a warning to fishermen along the Coastline to be very vigilant so as to avoid disasters during the heavy down pour.

“The rains may be accompanied by strong winds throughout the weekend and locals should be on high alert to avert any disaster,” read part of the statement.

[Floods experienced at Links road, Nyali on Wednesday. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi County locals were kept on high alert throughout Wednesday with disaster response teams from those counties urged to conduct inspection and close monitoring of the rains.

Lamu and southern part of Tana river counties will also experience heavy downpour over the weekend.

Taita taveta county disaster response teams have also been urged to be vigilant and monitor the rains from Thursday throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile Mombasa residents have been urged to move out from low lying areas since such areas can experience floods.

The alert occurs as heavy rains pounding Nairobi led to collapsing of Ruaka apartments parking lot with tenants ordered to vacate the building for safety purposes.