Rescue Efforts Ongoing to Find 5 Missing Persons in Kinanie Bridge

Floods rock Kinanie Bridge in Athi River on April 21, 2024
Floods rock Kinanie Bridge in Athi River on April 21, 2024
Red Cross

Five people have been reported missing as the Kenya Red Cross, undertakes rescue efforts in Kinanie Bride along Athi River on Mombasa Road.

In a statement issued by the Red Cross, nineteen people were marooned by the floods after Athi River broke its banks on Sunday Morning.

According to the Emergency response team, fourteen people had been rescued at the time of publication with five still missing.

“After the Athi River broke its banks this morning, 19 people in Kinanie, Machakos County, were marooned. So far, we have managed to rescue 14 people—10 adults and 4 children—as efforts to rescue five others continue,” stated the Red Cross.

Flooded section of a road within the Nairobi City.
Flooded section of a road within the Nairobi City.

An emergency response team which is in collaboration with the County Government and the Red Cross is still in operation to rescue the five missing individuals.

Despite the rescue efforts, motorists have been advised to avoid the area until the floods subside.

Consequently, this has resulted in traffic disruption on Mombasa road with motorists cautioned of a possible hours-long snarl-up.

The Machakos County Governor, Wavinya Ndeti has also ordered the evacuation of families living around the area.

She also explained that she had organised for the residents to move to schools as she had liased with the area chiefs and school heads to host those displaced by the floods.

Wavinya Ndeti also cautioned residents who had built around riparian areas to demolish their structures and open the water ways.

“Those who have walls built along riparian lands are instructed to demolish them, otherwise we shall demolish them ourselves,” cautioned Wavinya.

The heavy downpours that have been experienced in the country have resulted in floods which have ravaged several areas.

On Sunday, a boat capsized in Baringo, with six people reported missing while one drowned.

The boat was said to be ferrying Church members from Kampi Samaki to Kokwa Island.  Moments later, however, 11 victims were rescued.

A screengrab of submerged houses in Homabay County, April 12.