Repair of Kainuk bridge to take two days-KeNHA

Transport to and from Turkana County is paralyzed after Kainuk Bridge collapsed due to heavy rains.

The bridge along the Kitale-Lodwar Road has been damaged again less than two weeks after the Kenya National Highways Authority, KeNHA repaired it.

KeNHA has, however, advised the public not to use Kitale-Lodwar road.

In a statement Monday, KeNHA said repair works of the damaged bridge had began and is expected to take two days.

The authority has also warned the road users to be cautious on the Kitale-Lokichar-Lodwar-Nadapar corridor, which has been rendered impassable by the flood waters.

“Repair of the damaged section commenced today moming at 9:00AM and we are working determinedly to ensure passage of traffic is restored within the next two days. We urge all members f the public Sc exercise caution on this section of the Kitale – Lokichar – Lodwar – Nadapal orridor until the repair works are completed” said KenHA Assistant Director (Corporate Communication) Charles Njogu.

Kainuk Bridge was repaired on October 25 after it was destroyed by flood waters following heavy rains in the region.

Residents have asked the highways authority to construct a long-lasting bridge to stabilise transport.

The weatherman has warned Kenyans to brace for a prolonged period of heavy rains currently being experienced in most parts of the country.

Kenya Meteorological Department  has issued flood alerts.

Heavy rains are expected over the coastal strip covering Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale counties.

In the November weather forecast, the weatherman says the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, Lake Basin, Central Rift Valley, Highlands East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi area are likely to experience enhanced rainfall during the month of November.

Specifically these include, Highlands West of the Rift Valley; Kitale, Kericho, Nandi, Eldoret, and Kakamega. The Lake Basin region of Kisumu, Kisii and Busia, the Central Rift Valley; Nakuru, and Naivasha, the Highlands East of the Rift Valley; Nyeri, Muranga, Kiambu, Embu, Meru together with the Nairobi area of Dagoretti, Wilson, Eastleigh are likely to receive near-normal to above-normal which is generally enhanced rainfall.

The Coastal strip of Mombasa, Mtwapa, Malindi, Kilifi, Lamu will receive near normal rainfall.

The extreme northern areas of Mandera and much of Marsabit, Northwestern Kenya; Turkana and Pokot counties, parts of the North Rift; Baringo and northern parts of Elgeyo Marakwet, the South Rift region of Narok and Kajiado counties whose onset was set for the first to the second week of November are expected to receive near normal rainfall.

Much of the Northeastern; Isiolo, Garbatulla, Wajir, Garissa counties and Southeastern; Machakos, Makindu, Voi, Taita-Taveta counties of Kenya are likely to experience generally depressed rainfall.





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