Heavy rains leave massive trail of destruction

Heavy overnight rains that pounded most parts of the country have left in their wake a trail of destruction even as emergency response teams intensified mitigation efforts.

Flash floods have been reported in Makueni, Kitui, Taita Taveta, Isiolo and Kajiado Counties amid fears of an outbreak of water borne diseases in affected regions.

In Taita Taveta county, livestock have been washed away by the flash floods, a situation further compounded  by the water flowing from mount Kilimanjaro.

At least 474 households from Kimorigo, Ngutini, Shauri Moyo and  Mrabani have been affected and are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

Residents have also expressed their disappointment over damage caused by the floods saying they are not able to access any health center.

In Isiolo County, several families in Ngaremara ward have been displaced by floods as amid fears of water borne diseases.

More than 60 people in the area have complained of diarrhea and vomiting following contamination of their wells.

With only a week left to the re-opening of schools, the obtaining situation threatening to present a logistical nightmare for school going children.

Heavy flooding has also been reported in Thika town and its environs with houses, banks and other businesses being affected.

Flash floods have further been reported in Makueni, Kitui, Kajiado and Nairobi Counties after heavy overnight rains.

Narok County, the busy Mai Mahiu-Suswa road been rendered impassable after flash floods hit Duka Moja area.

The Kenya High Way Authority – KeNHA is advising motorists to instead use Naivasha-Nakuru road.

The Authority says it is on high alert in all other areas to ensure that any road that may be affected by the ongoing floods is repaired.

Motorists have been warned against using Mai mahiu – Narok road especially Suswa area to remain cautious following heavy siltation and debris from the Suswa hills and Mt. Longonot caused by heavy rains pounding the area.

Among the sections highlighted as most affected include satellite centre 12 kilometres from Mai Mahiu, Suswa Ndogo centre, 17km from Mai Mahiu and Suswa Ndogo 23 kilometers from Mai Mahiu.

The Authority in a statement said they are on a 24 hour surveillance of the highway to ensure smooth traffic flow and restore the sections that are affected.

KeNHA says it has already placed a road contractor in the affected sections to commence repairs.



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