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Kenya: Over 3,000 in Lamu’s Mokowe Village Hit By Water Shortage

by kenya-tribune

More than 3,000 residents in Lamu’s Mokowe village and its environs are facing an acute shortage of water.

The situation has persisted for more than a week now.

The residents normally rely on water from boreholes but recently, it has turned salty following the drought that is being experienced in many parts of the county.

The residents are now forced to depend on water from well-wishers who supply it using boozers which are not available all the time.


Speaking to journalists in Mokowe town on Tuesday, residents said more than 30 boreholes in the village and neighbouring areas have turned salty, forcing them to use the saline water for drinking and other domestic uses.

Mrs Khadija Yusuf said on many occasions, they are forced to walk for more than 10 kilometres to Hindi Town in search of water. Some even cross the vast Indian Ocean from Mokowe Jetty to Lamu Island using boats and dhows in order to get fresh water.

According to Mrs Yusuf, this always costs them dearly.

“We no longer have fresh water for drinking here in Mokowe since the drought begun. Almost all the boreholes and wells which we used to depend on for water have now turned salty. If you can’t afford to ferry water from Lamu Island or Hindi town to Mokowe, then you’ve no option but to use the saline water from the boreholes. We need urgent help to solve this shortage of water,” said Mrs Yusuf.