Mombasa Road Closed After River Bursts Its Banks

  • The Nairobi-Mombasa highway has been cut off just before Sultan Hamud after a river broke its banks.

    A video shows motorists stranded on the highway with some passengers on top of buses which they were travelling in.

    There was no indication whether rescue services from Makueni County had been sent to evacuate motorists and passengers who were trapped in the waters.

    The same situation was experienced along the busy highway in March forcing the county government of Machakos to close off Mombasa road.

    [caption caption="Green park estate along Mombasa Road during the flooding"][/caption]

    In March the highway was closed at Athi River and traffic diverted to Kangundo Road after a bridge was submerged in water following heavy rains.

    Machakos Base Commander Abdinasir Harun noted that the river broke its banks at Mto Wa Mawe bridge, making the busy road impassable.

    Houses at the Green Park estate which is along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway was flooded after River Athi broke its banks, with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua stating that county emergency services had rescued over 50 people.

    Machakos County Director of Rescue Services David Mwongela stated that River Athi broke its banks following heavy rains in Ngong Hills where it originates.

    He affirmed they had evacuated all people from Green Park Homes and rescued one person who was trapped in the water.

    County emergency services had evacuated all residents of Green Park Homes which were partially submerged in water.

    All night rains. Mombasa road cut off at Sultan Hamud. pic.twitter.com/YXTX5w64nt

    — Albie (@MisterAlbie) April 22, 2018