Over 200 People Rendered Homeless As Floods Wreck Havoc In Syokimau

Over 200 People Rendered Homeless As Floods Wreck Havoc In Syokimau

Over 200 residents in Mlolongo division were on Sunday woken up by razing floods.The tenants were shocked after the storm waters flooded there residences following a heavy downpour that pondered the area alongside other parts of the country on Saturday night.

The victims who narrated their ordeals to reporters said they lost their valuables to the floods after they were destroyed by the waters.

Some victims were still pumping storm waters from their houses using generators when the Star visited the scene early Sunday.

“The situation has been this way here for the last ten years whenever there is a heavy downpour. We are seriously affected since the storm waters that has flooded our houses have mixed with raw sewerage,” one of the victim’s Mrs  Talai said.

Talai said she was woken up by the floods at around 4.00am and was forced to gather her children, she has a young baby.

She said she had invested all her savings to purchase the 3 bedroom house despite the challenges which had persisted for over a decade now. Talai said she lost a lot of her personal effects to the floods including her children’ books that were socked in the waters.

Some parents were forced to place their children on double decker beds to avoid being affected by the waters.

Vehicles were also submerged by the waters at the apartments’’ parkings, those living on the ground floors of the houses were the most affected.

Personal effects like electronics, bedding, furniture, clothing, food stuff, laptops, stationery, alongside other properties were among the items affected by the waters.

There was suspicion that some of the vehicles’ engines had knocked after they were marooned in the waters.

There are claims that the houses were constructed in a riparian land after diverting water ways into the nearby streams in the area.

John Mutinda the environment representative in the Syokimau residents association and Mr Muhammed Muhamud the association Chair man blamed the enforcement authorities for there woes

Neighbors said they in 2012 moved to court in protest demanding that the houses’ construction be stopped since they were being erected on a riparian land.

According to documents,The Machakos High Court in 2015 ruled in the complainants’ favor.

Justice L.N Mutende ordered that the construction of more units, Blocks 15 and 18 within the 360 Degrees estate be stopped with immediate effect and the investor to modify a perimeter wall adjacent to the neighboring residents to allow for the free flow of storm water for effective drainage.

In a case, Constitutional Petition NO. 149 of 2012 in the matter of Articles 22, 23, 42 and 70 of the constitution of Kenya petitioned through Oasis Park Self Help Group with John Mutinda, Monica Kilonzo and Harriet Ngaruthi all listed as petitioners.

Respondents in the case were Joinven Investment Ltd, Municipal Council of Mavoko, and NEMA.

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