NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 10 – Heavy trucks have been banned from using a section of the Nairobi-Nakuru highway after a bridge collapsed at Kayole area on Tuesday night following heavy rains.
Officials at the Ministry of Roads and the police advised drivers of heavy commercial vehicles to use the Mai Mahiu road until the bridge is repaired.
Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru said the road remains impassable due to the heavy rains which have been pounding most parts of the country.
“There is a bridge which has collapsed at Kayole area and motorists are advised to use the Mai Mahiu- Naivasha road,” cautioned Kimaru.
The Kenya Red Cross Society has in the meantime expressed fears of an outbreak of severe water borne diseases in Western Kenya due to the ongoing torrential rains that have washed away sanitation facilities.
Red Cross coordinator in the region Emmanuel Owako said that the unsanitary living conditions were dire noting that Nyakach and Muhoroni constituencies were the worst hit.
He added that three camps have already been set up in these constituencies to accommodate homeless families whose homes were either destroyed or marooned by floods.
Owako explained that some learning institutions were also converted into camps during the night to accommodate additional families.
“We are responding with food and non food stuff but the situation is overwhelming and we are calling other non-actors to come and assist,” he said.
According to Owako, the rains have pounded the area for the past two days and have caused the overflow of Nyando and Sondu Miriu rivers, causing heavy downstream flooding.
Heavy rains have been experienced in many parts of the country where they have led to the destruction of property, floods and in some instances death.
Red Cross has also been advising Kenyans who live in the low lands along the Tana River to move to higher grounds following the rains.
The humanitarian organisation particularly cited farmers who practice irrigation along the river in Garissa and Tana Delta to take precaution.
“This is because both Kindaruma and Masinga dams are full to capacity and KenGen may be forced to discharge the water. The spillage is likely to result into flash floods as the water levels of the Tana River rise,” warned Red Cross on their website.
“When the water is released, it will take 72 hours to be within the areas that are likely to be affected.”