Two dead and five injured after Cyclone IALY passes along the coast

At least two people were killed when strong winds from Tropical Cyclone IALY hit several parts of Kenya’s coast on Tuesday.

Among the victims was a four-year-old student, police said.

Coastal police chief George Sedah said the property was destroyed in the chaos that followed as winds hit the region.

“We have sent teams to inspect the villages and report the veracity of the tragedy,” he said.

The four-year-old pupil died after strong winds hit the Gogoraruhe Mosque ECD school at around 4pm and destroyed the roof.

The incident occurred at Mbalamweni sublocation in Kayafungo location, Kaloleni.

Police who responded to the scene said five students were rushed to Mariakani Sub County Hospital, where one student succumbed to her injuries.

Four other students were admitted with various head injuries, police said.

They were five years old, two and two of them are four years old.

In the neighboring Mwele area of ​​Rabai, the winds blew away the roof of a warehouse.

The chaos left two employees of Salima Gases Kenya Limited seriously injured, police said.

They were rushed to the hospital where Elvis Wasi Changawa, 32, succumbed to his injuries.

This was after they were hit by falling stones. The other injured victim was referred to a hospital in Mombasa, authorities said.

At the Kilifi North sub-county offices, the roof of the car park was torn off by strong winds.

Two Ford Ranger cars that were parked there were damaged, police said.

In Mombasa, the roof of a structure at the Mbaraki Girls’ Comprehensive School was torn off by winds.

No injuries were reported, authorities said.

Authorities said they were visiting towns in the region on Wednesday to assess the damage caused.

The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said on Tuesday that extreme winds tore off roofs in residential areas and toppled electricity poles in some areas.

The charity said the winds caused destruction in Casuarina, Olimpia, Madunguni of Malindi County and those located in Garashi of Kilifi County, causing a major power outage.

The Kenya Meteorological Department has warned of the possible destruction of marine activities caused by Tropical Cyclone Ialy.

A tropical cyclone is generally considered to have formed once average surface winds greater than 35 knots (65 km/h) are observed.

In a marine update released on Tuesday evening, Director David Gikungu said the new development marks a historic event in the southwestern Indian Ocean and the intense system is forecast to cause adverse weather conditions on the coast.

He said the tropical cyclone was positioned notably northwest 5°S/45°E, noting that tropical cyclones within 5°S/5°N are very rare.

The forecaster said strong southerly winds of 10 to 30 knots were expected over Kenyan and Tanzanian waters and waves of 1.5 to 3.6 meters were expected along the Kenyan coast, causing sea conditions of moderate to hectic.

Gikungu said boats and small craft are advised to avoid deep water areas during the forecast period.

“Ialy is expected to weaken starting Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, finally dissipating on Wednesday, while remaining offshore despite passing within 150 kilometers of the Kenyan coast.”

It said the sea will remain windy in the afternoons, characterized by strong waves during the forecast period due to moderately strong southerly winds of 10 to 23 knots.

“Southeast wave height is expected to decrease to 4-8 feet with periods shorter than 9 seconds. Visibility is predicted to be moderate, ranging between 9-10 kilometers in Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Lamu,” he said Gikungu.