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Heavy rains: Nairobi Governor announces raft of measures

The public is being advised to be on the lookout for potential floods, flash floods and poor visibility.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has announced a raft of measures following the heavy rains that have caused flooding in parts of the city.

Residents of Nairobi woke up to flooded roads and estates following heavy rainfall that pounded Saturday evening.

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According to a weekly forecast sent by the Kenya Meteorological Department on Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected to continue pounding most parts of the country.

In a statement, Governor Sakaja noted that Multi-agency and Nairobi County Disaster Management team has mapped out some of the most affected areas.

The areas include: Ngong River that have burst, Mau Mau River that has affected parts of Westlands, Starehe sub-county in Kiumbiu informal settlements where at least 10 families have been affected as well as a bridge in Nairobi┬┤s Mukuru Kayaba Slum in South B that was swept away.

Sakaja says a number of roads were also affected, disrupting traffic and human movement. Raila Odinga Road and Langata Road junction near T-Mall was flooded due to high volumes of water from Ngong River. Uhuru Highway, Enterprise Road, Ole Odume Road, Ojijo Road, Langata South Road, James Gichuru among others were too flooded.

He regretted the loss one person noting that there was an ongoing search for a child in Kibra sub-county.

The Governor noted that all the Emergency Response Teams, including Nairobi City Water and Sewarage Company, Health, Wellness and Nutrition have been deployed to the affected areas to provide the necessary support and manage the situation.

Further he said Mobility and Works team are working closely with Kenya National Highways Authority – KENHA and KENYA URBAN ROADS Authority-KURA to ensure the roads are passable.

At the same time all those who have built along riparian reserves and reclaimed river sections have been asked to vacate.

He urged citizens to remain vigilant and take precautions to safeguard themselves and their property.

In case of an emergency members of the public can reach County Government Emergency teams via the hotline number 1508.

 

 

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