IN PICS | Bus passengers use rope to pull themselves to safety as floods hit Mombasa

18 November 2023 - 15:44
By Reuters
A man wades through flood waters along a street following heavy rains in Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.
Image: REUTERS/Stringer A man wades through flood waters along a street following heavy rains in Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.

Heavy rains pounded the streets of Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, with some passengers evacuated from a flooded bus by holding on to a rope amid chest-high water.

Others stood on top of the bus with umbrellas and raincoats as they waited for their turn to pull themselves to safety in Kisauni district, nearly 500km from the capital Nairobi.

At least 46 people have died in flood-related incidents in Kenya since the rainy season began less than a month ago, according to aid group Save the Children. The toll is expected to rise.

Heavy rains followed by flash floods have submerged towns across East Africa, rendering hundreds of thousands of people homeless.

Passengers use a rope to wade through flood water along a street as they get evacuated from a public transport bus following heavy rains in Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.
Image: REUTERS/Stringer Passengers use a rope to wade through flood water along a street as they get evacuated from a public transport bus following heavy rains in Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.
People wade through flood waters along a street following heavy rains in the Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.
Image: REUTERS/Stringer People wade through flood waters along a street following heavy rains in the Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.

With their homes submerged, residents of Bamburi town held the government responsible for failing to unblock and repair drains.

"We are forced to give out neighbours a helping hand while our houses are being destroyed by water," said resident Abubakar Abdallah.

"We don't know how the next night will be."

People wade through flood waters along a street following heavy rains in Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.
Image: REUTERS/Stringer People wade through flood waters along a street following heavy rains in Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.
Passengers wade through flood water after getting evacuated from a public transport bus following heavy rains in Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.
Image: REUTERS/Stringer Passengers wade through flood water after getting evacuated from a public transport bus following heavy rains in Kisauni district of Mombasa, Kenya, on November 17 2023.