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Residents counting losses as heavy rain pound Kitui town

Very heavy rains pounded Kitui town on Monday night resulting to destruction of a perimeter wall and damage of four vehicles whose combined value is  estimated to be KSh 9 million. No life was lost during the overnight opening of the skies in Savani estate. This was confirmed by Kitui Central Police Commander Peter Karanja.
Four cars were buried under the rumble as a perimeter wall collapsed in Savani estate, Kitui Central sub county on Monday night during a heavy downpour. No life was lost.|MWINGI TIMES 

Kitui Director of Meteorological Services Daniel Mbithi said 83.4 mm rain in the municipality was "a lot of rain". He urged locals to be extra vigilant as the rains were likely to go up as days progress towards Saturday. After that, there will be dry spell then more rains to resume, said the Weatherman.

Mbithi advised residents to watch out for cracks in their houses as well as those on the flour or on ground as they could be a precursor for disasters such as landslides and collapse of buildings.
"People should not wait to be asked by chiefs or even their MCAs to move out of dangerous places during the rains. They should be proactive enough to move out of danger very fast ", advised the Kitui County weather boss.

A car belonging to Kitui County Director of Special Programmes Ms Redempter Matiti was among the four that were damaged during the heavy night rains.

Others whose vehicles were damaged an official working with Tana Athi Water Works Development Authority and a medic stationed at Kitui County Referral Hospital. The identity of the fourth owner was not immediately known.

October -December short rains have been forecast to have episodes of El NiƱo downpour across the country.


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