Woman, child swept away after Nairobi floods wreak havoc

FILE PHOTO | A flooded Kibera, Nairobi County
FILE PHOTO | A flooded Kibera, Nairobi County

The body of a middle-aged woman has been recovered in Kibera, Sarangombe area after Nairobi floods wreaked havoc.

It is reported that the woman was swept away with one of her two children after heavy rains that pounded the city on Tuesday evening.

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According to Kibera sub county commander Michael Muchiri, the child has not been found.

The police boss said a team has been dispatched to trace them and they believe the children were swept away into Nairobi dam.

Muchiri however urged locals to move to safer areas and avoid similar incidents in future.

It is suspected that blocked sewerage lines contributed to the flooding in Kibera.

This comes barely a week after the Nairobi County Government reportedly began a process of unclogging drainage systems in several parts of the city.

Officials said this was in anticipation of the rainy season.

County government workers were seen on Jogoo Road, Umoja and other areas.

They include: Mukuru, Kibera slums, Kileleshwa, Highrise estate, Eastleigh, South C, South B, Nairobi West, Lang’ata, Eastleigh, Donholm, Roysambu, Kahawa West, Ruai and Utawala.

Roads and Transport CEC Hitan Majevdia assured Nairobi residents saying:

“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.”

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