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A downpour of biblical proportions hit Mombasa, Kenya's coastal city, last weekend, flooding sections of the city - a phenomenon, considering that the city actually is built on an island connected to the mainland by the Makupa causeway and is supposed to drain the water straight into the Indian Ocean.

Some parts of the city were knee-deep under water, gradually even displacing parked cars. The ensuing floods caused havoc for businesses at level ground, with hawkers and street vendors scrambling to rescue their wares from being swept away.

Traffic in and out of the city was also severely handicapped as few dared to "ride the waves." The resulting water and flood damages are expected to be substantial. It was also learned that on the day of the flooding, all city tours and private visits to the city and Fort Jesus by tourists were reportedly abandoned, as was the bazaar and main market closed, both for lack of business and also to secure property and stocks.