DISASTER LOOMS

Floods could cut off Nairobi-Nakuru highway

River Malewa in Naivasha has bursts its banks and residents have been displaced

In Summary
  • Rains pounding Kinangop have left a trail of destruction with all permanent and seasonal rivers flooded
  • Metrological Department in Nyandarua county has warned that more rains are expected
Motorists drive over River Malewa in Naivasha
FLOODED: Motorists drive over River Malewa in Naivasha
Image: GEORGE MURAGE
Residents of KCC village in Naivasha shift to safer places after their houses were flooded by River Malewa
DISPALCED: Residents of KCC village in Naivasha shift to safer places after their houses were flooded by River Malewa
Image: GEORGE MURAGE

Over 5,000 families living in KCC village in Naivasha face displacement after the nearby River Malewa burst its banks following heavy rains pounding Kinangop in Nyandarua county.

Motorists using the Nairobi-Nakuru highway were put on high alert amidst fears the road could be cut off by the surging waters.

For the last one week heavy rains pounding Kinangop have left a trail of destruction with all permanent and seasonal rivers flooded.

The chairman of Lake Naivasha Water Resources User Association Enock Kiminta said there were fears that the highway could be cut off.

Speaking at the flooded river, Kiminta said that Metrological Department in Nyandarua county had warned of more rains.

“Currently, the flooding in Naivasha is due to the heavy rains that have been pounding Nyandarua, flooding rivers and sweeping away crops,” he said.

He said families in KCC village had already been displaced with fears that the numbers could rise.

“There are over 5,000 homesteads in this village and with the current situation there is need to urgently relocate them to safer places,” he said.

 One of the affected residents, Amos Kibet, said already their homes and latrines had been flooded, raising fears of disease outbreak.

“We are not sure where we shall spend the night and we are calling on the government to urgently come to our rescue,” he said.

 

The sentiments were echoed by another resident, Jecinta Nafula, who said the water levels were rising by the hour.

“We cannot sleep in these houses as they could be washed away in the night and it's time relevant government agencies came to our rescue,” she said.