Sakaja issues directives after floods wreak havoc in Nairobi

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 21 Apr, 2024 17:56 | 2 mins read
A section of a flooded residential area in Nairobi
A section of a flooded residential area in Nairobi. PHOTO/Kenya Red Cross(@KenyaRedCross)/X

The Nairobi County has announced a raft of measures following the heavy rains that have caused flooding in parts of the city on Saturday.

In a press release sent to newsrooms, Governor Johnson Sakaja assured city residents that appropriate measures were being taken to deal with the floods.

As part of the measures taken to deal with the effects of the floods, Sakaja announced that the mobility and works team are working closely with the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to ensure that the roads are passable.

The county head also assured city dwellers that all emergency response teams including the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC), the health, wellness nutrition and mobility, and the works and disaster management teams have been deployed to affected areas to manage the situation.

Reiterating the county's commitment to addressing the challenges posed by the heavy rains, Sakaja also asked residents to remain vigilant and exercise caution to safeguard themselves and their property, emphasising that those living near riverbanks should be extra cautious. He also advised residents living in estates and buildings on encroached rivers to vacate immediately.

"Please heed all warnings and advisories issued by the relevant authorities and avoid unnecessary travel in flood-prone areas. All county Government Emergency Services are on high alert and standby at the scene to provide the necessary support. In case of an emergency, you may reach the county following the hotline number 1508," the county said.

Disruption

The latest measures come after the floods occasioned by heavy rains claimed one life amid an ongoing search for a missing child who may have been swept in Kibra sub-county.

"Following the heavy rains witnessed in Nairobi County last night we have witnessed the impact
and subsequent flooding in the city. Regrettably, we confirm the loss of one person and there is
an ongoing search for a child in a search is ongoing for a child in Kibra sub-county," the county announced.

Several roads were also affected in the city's capital disrupting traffic and human movement.

"A number of roads were also affected, disrupting traffic and human movement especially Rada Odinga Road and Langata Road junction (near T-malll) that flooded due to huge volumes of water as a result of Ngong River bursting its banks. The water is currently flowing as the drainage system is working. Other roads affected include Uhuru Highway, Enterprise Road, OleOdume Road, Ojijo Road, Langata South Road, James Gichuru and many others," the county added.

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