The Star (Nairobi)

9 November 2012

Kenya: Heavy Rains Cause Havoc in Nairobi

At least two people were confirmed dead and several others displaced following heavy rains in across the country. ( Resource: Deaths Follow Heavy Rains in Kenya

The rains currently being experienced in different parts of the country have caused havoc, especially in Nairobi.

The rains have destroyed drainage systems and sewer lines in various estates leaving most roads impassable. Mostly reported in Eastland estates like Pipeline, Kiambiu Lunga Lunga and Eastleigh, the mess has become a health hazard to many residents.

John Kariuki, a resident at Pipeline's Plot 10 estate, says the government has neglected the area whose sewer lines run in the open. "We don't have a sewer system here and every time it rains the residents are put in danger of contracting cholera," he said.

Most worrying is the fact that food is openly prepared and sold on the roadsides in the area. In Eastleigh's First Avenue street which connects Jogoo Road to Juja Road, the sewers have busted and there are open manholes making it a danger to residents.

Nairobi River has burst its banks and there are fears of devastating effects on slum dwellers if the rains persist. People living in prone areas have been advised to move to higher grounds to reduce the effects. The meteorological department had earlier warned of a mild El-Nino which they said would hit different parts of the country.

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