Kidero on current floods in Nairobi county

By Evans Kidero

First and foremost my sincere condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones (9 people died as a result of a wall that collapsed in Fuata Nyayo) as a result of the current heavy rains and 7 others injured.

On behalf of the County Government I would like to express my sympathy to those who have lost properties, commuters in Nairobi who have spent hours in traffic, school children who have been stranded as a result of the heavy down pour experienced in the last two days. It is worthy to note that the rainfalls in two days we had 10% of the annual rainfall 150mm of the 1870mm in 365 days. This is worse than the El Nino rains experienced in Nairobi in 1997.

I would like to assure Nairobians that the county government in collaboration with KURA and KENHA are doing their best to unclog all blocked drainage systems in the City to ensure smooth and efficient flow of water. We are also liaising with the Meteorological department closely to share with us the actual rainfall forecast for the coming days inorder for us to advise Nairobians accordingly as well as the traffic police commandant to ensure flow of traffic is manageable during this period.

Again my sincere apologies to all Nairobians who have lost their loved ones, lost properties and spent long hours in traffic as a result of the rains. We continue to work towards the Nairobi we all want. We are in touch with the meteorological department for an accurate weather report for the next couple of days in order for us to send out an advance warning to enable our residents plan their movements and activities.

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