• April 19, 2024
  • Last Update April 19, 2024 7:23 AM
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Floods wreck havoc in Nairobi as police officer is swept away

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By Peter Ochieng

Some roads became impassable as heavy downpour was witnessed in major parts of Nairobi.

The rain, coming on the backdrop of about a month of a dry spell started on Sunday night and went on until Monday morning.

The heavy rainfall caused flooding in some parts of the Capital, affecting several roads.

A police officer attatched to the Kamkunji Police Station was swept away, after reportedly saving four people for drowning.

Kenyans caught up in the rain shared videos which depicted cars submerged in water across the city.

The major highways affected include Mombasa Road, Uhuru Highway, Waiyaki Way, and Lang’ata Road.

The Nairobi Expressway was not left behind, as flood water reached knee level.

Those who expected to travel via train also experienced a set back as delay was the order of the day.

“We wish to notify members of the public that we are experiencing delays with the commuter service due to flooding on sections of our line,” said Kenya Railways in a statement.

“Our teams are working to restore normalcy. We will advise once normal services resume. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.”

The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) wants residents of Nairobi and several parts of the country to prepare for heavy downpour in the coming days.

Farmers in agricultural parts of the country will most definitely welcome the rains having prepared their lands for the planting season.

However, the rains are expected to cause havoc in floods prone areas of the country, with residents of Mombasa, Kisumu and Mombasa most likely to face challenges due to poor drainage network.

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