Flooded roads during heavy rains

KeNHA temporarily closes Nairobi-Garissa Road due to severe flooding at Mororo area

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has announced the temporary closure of the Nairobi-Garissa (A3) Road due to severe flooding at the Mororo area, located between Madogo and Tana River Bridge.

The flooding, caused by ongoing heavy rains, has led to rising water levels at Tana River, rendering one lane of the road impassable and posing a high safety risk to road users.

In a statement released on Monday, April 8, 2024, KeNHA explained that the Seven Folks Dams are rapidly filling to near full capacity due to the persistent rains, which could lead to an overspill. The authority has advised that the road will remain closed until the floodwaters subside and the damaged section is repaired.

KeNHA staff are currently on-site, ready to address the washout as soon as the waters recede. The authority has urged road users to exercise caution and avoid driving through the floodwaters to ensure their safety.

Heavy rains are expected to persist

According to the Kenya Meteorological Department, heavy rains are expected to persist across the country for the next seven days, with particularly heavy rainfall anticipated in the Central Highlands, Western Kenya, Rift Valley, South-eastern lowlands, Coast, North-eastern, and North-western regions of Kenya.

The weatherman has also warned of high daytime temperatures exceeding 30°C in counties such as Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir, Isiolo, Garissa, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa, Tana River, and Kwale. Night-time temperatures are likely to remain high, above 25°C, particularly in parts of the Coast, North-eastern, and North-western Kenya.

With the ongoing rains potentially leading to flooding in some parts of the country, Kenyans have been urged to exercise caution and remain vigilant to ensure their safety during this period of inclement weather.

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