Transport paralysed as floods cut Narok-Maai Mahiu road again
Flood waters have once again paralysed transport on the busy Maai Mahiu-Narok road following a repeat cuf-off of the road section that was last week.
Part of the Mai Mahiu-Suswa road caved again after it developed a volcanic fault line, according to the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).
It is exactly five days after the engineers from KeNHA worked on the damaged part aftre which the deep gulley on the road’s section took place.
Kenya National Highways Authority corporate communications assistant director Charles Njogu said motorists plying the route had been instructed to use alternative routes, including the Narok-Nakuru road. Mr. Njogu said that the KeNHA has embarked on an immediate emergency exercise to restore the section using rockfill and urged motorists use alternative routes, including the Narok-Nakuru road and requested them to to bear with the situation that is expected to last for four hours.
On Tuesday, the road was closed after a section of it collapsed following the heavy rains and the resultant flooding. The section in Karima area, Suswa, sank with floods weeping away a school girl Lucy Gathoni, 16, as she walked home on Maai Mahiu-Narok road from Governor Secondary School in Longonot.
According to Maai Mahiu Location Chief Zacharia Igeria, Gathoni was overpowered by the raging waters a few metres from the school. Her parents waited for her in vain and her body was found in a ditch on Wednesday morning. Three other students from a local secondary school were saved from being swept away and taken to hospital.
The floods made a section of the road sink 15 metres deep at Suswa, leaving motorists stranded.
The Kenya Meteorological Department said that most parts of the country are expected to continue receiving rainfall throughout the month. Kenya Meteorological Department director Peter Ambenje said only the Rift Valley and northeastern areas were expected to receive enhanced rainfall.