Ngong’ residents urged to clear waterways to prevent deaths caused by floods

Kenya Red Cross rescuing residents who were trapped in their houses in Kitengela, Kajiado County Wednesday.

Kajiado County residents have been urged to clear waterways to prevent death and destruction caused by the ongoing heavy rains.

Ngong’ Municipality manager David Kobaai said the government needs support from the community, which involves opening of waterways some residents had blocked, leading to floods.

The manager, who was speaking during a meeting with Hills View Estate Association in Nkaimurunya Ward that had been organized to prevent floods in the estate, said the municipality will work with the association to prevent more disasters.

He said the government will involve engineers who will advise on how the prevent more flooding in the estate.

The association Chair Charles Leshore said the government should allocate emergency funds to support in opening water channels to prevent flooding in residential areas.

In Kware, Nkaimurunya Ward, one person was found dead after he was swept away by floods as several people were rendered homeless.

In Kitengela, two people died in a swollen river and several houses were flooded. Kenya Red Cross rescued residents who were trapped in their houses along Balozi, Deliverance, Baraka, Blessed Court, New Valley and KAG.

Several roads have been rendered impassable in the county. Yesterday, KeNHA closed Oletepesi Magadi Road after some sections of the road were washed away.

The government has been supporting flood victims, with Dorcas Rigathi,  wife of Deputy President  Rigathi Gachagua, leading a food distribution exercise in Kware slums.

Rigathi urged Kenyans to take the necessary precautions to avoid further loss of lives.

More than 200 people have been killed by the ongoing floods, the worst incident being the recent Mai Mahiu accident that claimed the lives of 71 people.


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