Warning Issued on Possibility of More Landslides in Nakuru

Nakuru County Metrological officer has warned of possible landslides in hilly areas of Naivasha and Kuresoi as rains continue pounding the region.

Speaking to KNA today the meteorological officer, Julius Kilemba said some parts of Nakuru will receive above-normal rainfall and that might cause landslides and flooding over Naivasha plains and the neighbouring areas.

He warned motorists of flooded roads on the Nakuru- Nyahururu highway and that all-weather roads were likely to become impassable. He said currently in some parts in Kuresoi sub-county, farmers were facing difficulties transporting their milk and farm produce to the markets.

Mr Kilemba said the volcanic soil in the county was porous hence the fear of landslides especially for the people who have constructed houses on hilly places such as Engashura, in Bahati sub-county.

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The resident of the lower parts of Nakuru town such as Kwa Rhonda, Mwariki, and Kaptembwo were also warned of a likelihood of their houses being flooded.

The Chief of Viwandani, John Koskey, said heavy rains in the past had caused a lot of destruction and losses for people who have constructed houses on water paths. He urged the county government to be on the lookout for storm water, which was not properly channeled to culverts.

Three years ago residents of Kwa Rhonda were forced to climb on the roofs of their houses when the storm water flooded their houses. A resident, of the area Jane Mokeira, said there has been an improvement of the drainage systems along the roads and they hope their homes will not be flooded again.

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