Heavy rains pound parts of Nairobi leaving some estates submerged

By KBC Reporters

Heavy rains pounded most parts of Nairobi Monday with pedestrains and motorists being caught up unawares.

The weatherman says the rains will continue pounding the City and its environs for the better part of the Week.

In Mombasa fears of an outbreak of waterborne disease are rife following heavy rains that have left open man holes and sewers.

A child died in Likoni area Sunday with houses partly submerged in parts of Kwale County following continued heavy rains.

According to the Kenya Red Cross 700 families have been displaced following flooding in Kwa Jamvi la Wageni, Migombani Kiwerera -2 , harambee, Dimwibini and Mwatsalafuni.

In Migori 15 families have been left homeless after being displaced  by floods at Kwa Ward Migori County following  heavy down pours experienced  in the past five days.

The families are now living in makeshift shelters Residents say accessing food and other and other basic necessities has become a nightmare are are caling on the County’s Government and well-wishers to assist them access food, medicine and shelter.

It is the first time that the Kwa Ward residents are experiencing   such heavy floods. Last year, close to 200 families were displaced by floods within Migori County for close to one month.

Meanwhile, Motorists who left Mombasa on Sunday are yet to get to Nairobi following a major traffic snarl up along the Mombasa Nairobi Highway.

The traffic snarl up has been attributed to trailers that were overlapping near Athi River blocking both sides of Road. Machakos County Commandant Jacinta Odhiambo says heavy rains also contributed to the snarl up from Maanzoni towards Nairobi and from Mlolongo heading towards Machakos.

Traffic personnel were Dispatched to  the area Monday morning to help address the situation. The problem started Sunday evening when a trailer developed a mechanical problem near Athi River.

Passengers headed for Mombasa road past Mlolongo were forced to r sleep in the cold until today morning when police officers intervened.

Agitated road users are now calling on the government to make the Nairobi Mombasa road a dual carriage way to avoid unnecessary congestions.

The police commandant however urged drivers using the road to always observe traffic rules so as to avoid such incidences.