10 April 2013

Kenya: Floods Cut Off Nairobi-Nakuru Highway

A section of the Nairobi-Nakuru highway near Naivasha town has been closed down indefinitely after a bridge collapsed due to the heavy rains.

The Highway was last night cut off between Keroche & Total in Naivasha after a bridge collapsed. A part of the road was left hanging dangerously after part of the bridge near Kayole estate was washed away by floods.

The flash floods left a trail of destruction in Naivasha town and its suburbs sweeping away property and flooding nearby schools and homes.

Ministry of Roads and Public Works Permanent Secretary, Michael Kamau said that all heavy vehicles should use the Mai Mahiu road. The PS said that a contractor had been identified and works to repair the bridge would start immediately.

He attributed the damage to a burst dam in the area adding that one lane of the highway would be open to small vehicles only. "The damaged was caused by flash floods and we have a contractor on site who will embark on repairs," he said.

Kamau said that the rains had caused havoc in the country adding that many roads had been affected. He said that the government had released Sh500 million to the Kenya National Highways Authority for emergency purposes.

Naivasha Mp John Kihagi who was present said that the rains had caused a lot of damage in Naivasha town and called on the ministry to assist in repairs.

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