Floods cut off 300 people in Ongata Rongai

May 14, 2015 1:48 pm
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According to motorists who spoke to Capital FM News, a connecting bridge on Kiserian River was sub-merged making the road impassable at Ongata Rongau/MIKE KARIUKI
According to motorists who spoke to Capital FM News, a connecting bridge on Kiserian River was sub-merged making the road impassable at Ongata Rongau/MIKE KARIUKI
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14 – More than three hundred people were Thursday morning stranded in Ongata Rongai in Lower Olootepesi, Kajiado East Constituency since 4.30am after a major connecting bridge was submerged in an overflowing river.

According to motorists who spoke to Capital FM News, a connecting bridge on Kiserian River was sub-merged making the road impassable at Ongata Rongau.

“We have been stuck here from 4.30am, even our kids could not go to school. I am with my daughter and I brought her to see why she is not going to school because she was asking me why the school bus had not come to pick her up,” one of the drivers plying the route said.

“The road is passable the only problem is that the bridge is submerged, we cannot see it completely so we cannot risk crossing through what you cannot see,” the motorist added.

The residents decried over slow response by the government to rescue them.

“It’s been over about 12 hours now and up to now we are just sitting in our cars waiting. We don’t know for how long. We have children with us, some are in the bus on the other side and they cannot cross to this other side,” another driver said.

They also asked why there was no an alternative of a footbridge where people can at least walk through to cross from Ongata Rongai to join the main road that leads to the city centre.

The city of Nairobi was on Monday and Tuesday covered in floods in most parts.

Motorists were stuck on roads for hours while others were counting losses after their cars were swept away in the raging floods.

According to Kenya Red Cross Society, the heavy rains in Nairobi have led to 12 deaths.

On Wednesday, Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero announced that Sh50 million had been set aside to refurbish the drainage system in the city.

READ: Nairobi County allocates Sh50m to unclog drainage system

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