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Sakaja calls on families to vacate estates affected by floods

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has called on families to vacate estates affected by the ongoing rains that have caused floods across the city.

Through a statement from the Head of County Public Service Patrick, the Governor revealed that one person has died following the floods and a child is still missing.

The statement continues by listing a number of estates that are heavily affected by the rains. The estates include Mbagathi Roundabout, Ectoville Industrial Estate in Mukuru kwa Rueben Ward and Mwiki Ward along the Eastern Bypass.

Mukuru-Kayaba Slum in South B, Kiambiu and areas around Mau Mau River are other affected areas which have also seen bridges being swept away.

“Majority of the flooding witnessed is in estates, buildings and other structures developed in the past years on top of rivers, along riparian reserves, and reclaimed river sections. We urge all those who have built in these areas to vacate.

The County will commence and effort to open up rivers where they have been encroached to reduce the impact of excess waters.” read the statement

A number of roads have also been flooded disrupting traffic in the city. The roads include Raila Odinga Road and Langata Road junction which flooded after Ngong River burst its banks.

Other rivers include Uhuru Highway, Enterprise Road, Ole Dume Road, Ojijo Road, Langata South Road and James Gichuru.

“We have seen the destruction of property across the city. In response to the current situation, our emergency teams, led by the Disaster Management Department, are actively engaged in the relief efforts in affected areas.

We are coordinating closely with all relevant authorities and agencies including the National Government, National Police Service, and the Red Cross, to ensure the safety and well-being of our people and property.” read the statement.

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