Few Minutes Rain Floods Nairobi Despite Drainage Unclogging Exercise

  • Image showing a motorist stuck on Pate road Nairobi following flash floods April 23, 2019 Twitter
  • A short downpour of rain in Nairobi, on Tuesday afternoon, caused havoc across the city as several roads in Nairobi turned into rivers making it almost impossible for vehicles and pedestrians to use 

    Videos seen by Kenyans.co.ke from various commuters showed extensive flooding along roads that had been reportedly fixed barely weeks ago in readiness for the impending rains.

    Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko was put on the spotlight with some Kenyans questioning the quality of the roadworks that were allegedly carried out to avert the very crisis they faced.

    Image showing a flooded section of a street in Nairobi April 23, 2019

    "Hey Governor Sonko this is Ole Sangale link road, Nairobi West, it was repaired in April," read a tweet that had a video attached showing the flooded street.

    Motorists went on to warn other road users to avoid certain roads or risk having their cars totally submerged in the raging water. The roads mentioned included Kipande, Ojijo at the Museum Hill underpass, Pate, and Ole Sangale, with the corner of Langata Women prison described as a no-go zone.

    "Avoid  Kipande road if you have a small-sized car," stated a tweet sent out by a user named Antony Njoroge.

    The rains reportedly caused traffic snarl-ups on several roads within the city as motorists and pedestrians struggled to wade through the murky waters. 

    The county had recently undertaken numerous exercises to ensure the flooding witnessed during 2018 long rains did not occur again.

    However, despite the county-wide unclogging of drainage systems, pictures emerging online showed several flooded areas with some consisting of a combination of both rain and what appeared to be sewage water.

    In a similar situation, commuters and vehicles were stuck as transport along Kakuma-Lokichogio road in Turkana County was crippled following the heavy rains experienced on Monday night.

    Here is a video showing various flooded roads across the city.