KeNHA issues alert over falling rock debris along Machakos-Kangundo Road

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 14 May, 2024 11:41 | 2 mins read
Machakos-Kangundo Road
KeNHA said the debris was falling due to recent heavy downpour experienced in the country recently. PHOTO/@Kalasinga_/X

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has warned motorists to be cautious of falling rock debris along Machakos-Kangundo Road.

In a statement on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, KeNHA said the debris was falling due to recent heavy downpour experienced in the country recently.

"The Kenya National Highways Authority informs the public to be cautious of falling rock debris along Machakos - Kangundo (B105) Road at Kaloleni. This follows the recent heavy downpours experienced in the area," KeNHA advised.

"We advise motorists to be vigilant while driving along this affected section of the road even as we remain on the lookout and clear the debris. Further, the Authority urges all road users to adhere to and follow traffic warning signs that have been installed along the affected areas."

Weather forecast

The Kenya Meteorological Department has forecasted sunny and dry conditions over several parts of the country.

However, the weatherman has cautioned Kenyans to expect continued rainfall over the Central Highlands, Western Kenya, and the Rift Valley with isolated heavy rainfall events.

Further, the weatherman predicts that high average daytime (maximum) temperatures, exceeding 30°C, will be experienced in most parts of the Coast, North-eastern, and North-western Kenya.

Night-time temperatures are expected to reach a low average (minimum) below 10°C, and are likely over some parts of the Central Highlands.

Flood-related deaths

On Monday, Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura announced that flood-related deaths had hit a high of 278, following one more death.

Mwaura stated that the recent flooding still ongoing in various parts of the country has affected 411,825 people.

He also noted that the floods have left 58,009 households displaced in Nairobi adding the number to the already displaced 55,575 households countrywide.

Additionally, Mwaura issued an update on the flood situation saying it is persisting in some parts of the country and is expected to continue in the low-lying, riparian and urban areas.

He also noted that landslides may occur in areas with steep slopes, escarpments and ravines.

"The areas that have been affected in the last 24 hours include; Narok County, where a landslide has been recorded as well as the Tana Delta area (affecting Tana River, Garisaa and Lamu counties), where there is flooding owing to heavy rains in the central region catchment area," he added.

In the same breath, Mwaura disclosed that several hotspots and areas prone to mudslides had been identified in Elgeyo Marakwet.

The areas include Turesia, Kapsegut, Siroch, Kolol, Wewo, Maina, Arror, Lelanand Kamoi within the Keiyo North and South Regions and the Marakwet East and West regions.

Further, Mwaura issued an update on the Mai Mahiu situation saying 151 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) are actively engaged in the area after the tragedy.

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