Slum dwellers fear rains will trigger mudslides

By: ANDREW KASUKU

Kalahari slum residents in Changamwe, Mombasa county, fear the El Niño rains will trigger fresh landslides.

In June, two people were buried in mudslides when their houses collapsed at night during heavy rains.

“Since our neighbours died here in June, nothing has been done,” resident Margaret Kamene said.

She said leaders visited the area after the incident and promised to construct gabions to prevent a landslide.

However, the residents say no preventive measures have been put in place ahead of the heavy rains.

Resident Catherine Musangi yesterday said the soil has been loosened by small rains recorded in three days.

The slum covers 18 acres, with a population of 4,000 people.

A major sewer drainage serving Changamwe passes through the slum, raising fears of a disease outbreak during El Niño.

On Wednesday, Lands executive Francis Thoya asked those in low areas to move to higher ground.