Nairobi County begins unclogging drainage systems ahead of long rains

Nairobi County begins unclogging drainage systems ahead of long rains
Drainage system unclogging exercise along Jogoo Road in Nairobi. PHOTO| COURTESY

The Nairobi County Government has begun the process of unclogging drainage systems in several parts of the city in anticipation of the long rains expected to begin this month.

This, according to the county government, is meant to avert flooding, waterborne diseases and other potential disasters.

“As we anticipate for the long rains my administration will not allow those who pollute our environment to go scot-free. We are going to fully enforce the Nairobi City County Solid Waste Management Act 2015 to ensure we keep our environment clean and safer to avoid clogging of the drainage systems that eventually leads to flooding and disasters,” said Governor Mike Sonko on Tuesday.

Drainage unclogging exercise along Jogoo Road. PHOTO| COURTESY

The county had earlier this month marked several areas within the city that could be highly affected by the heavy rains. They include: Mukuru, Kibera slums, Kileleshwa, Highrise estate, Umoja, Eastleigh, South C, South B, Nairobi West, Lang’ata, Eastleigh, Donholm, Roysambu, Kahawa West, Ruai and Utawala.

Speaking on Tuesday during the ongoing massive unclogging of drainage systems in city estates, Nairobi Environment CEC Vesca Kangogo, reiterated Sonko’s remarks saying the initiative will continue even after the heavy rains.

“The ongoing massive unclogging of drainage systems in Nairobi City is now at 70 percent and we are still continuing with the initiative until we achieve the desired results,” said Kangogo.

County workers unclogging drainage system in Umoja Estate. PHOTO| COURTESY

Her Roads and Transport counterpart Hitan Majevdia, who was also present during the exercise, said the Nairobi County Government has deployed enough machinery and personnel in all the Sub-Counties to deal with the unclogging of the drainage systems.

“We have enough personnel and machinery including those from the Nairobi Regeneration team to make our initiative a success. The unclogging of drainage systems exercise will continue in all the 17 Sub-Counties,” added Majevdia.

Meanwhile, the county government has warned that stern action will taken against manufacturing firms, processing industries and individuals who dispose waste into rivers and drainage systems.

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