KENHA Finally Acts on Mombasa Road Ahead of El Nino

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) has taken proactive steps to safeguard motorists plying the Mombasa Road route from potential flooding incidents. 

Speaking to journalists on Sunday, KenHA officials confirmed that the agency has commenced the construction of drainage systems in the areas of the road that have previously encountered recurrent flooding issues

The officials stated that the latest initiative aligns with the agency’s commitment to ensure the safety of Kenyan motorists, particularly in anticipation of the El Nino rains expected to go on until January according to the weatherman. 

According to the Kenya Meteorological Department, certain regions of the country will experience heavy rains from October to December.

A screengrab of ongoing drainage construction along Mombasa Road

According to officials, the road section between Westlands and Ole Sereni was identified as the most vulnerable, particularly during the long rains.

“We expect that when the El Nino comes, we will be done with major drains that had raised concerns,” he stated.

The officials revealed that the contractor has been directed to expand the drainages along Mombasa Road, especially around Imara Daima.

The expanded drainages will effectively accommodate substantial water volumes from nearby roads, including the expressway, thereby minimising rainy-season accidents.

“We are doing drainages of 4 metres wide, depth of 3.5 metres, and the length of 3.5 kilometres,” another official stated.

Reports of El Nino have prompted concerns among Kenyan citizens, including East African Legislative Assembly(EALA) MP Winnie Odinga, who has questioned the government’s readiness to deal with the issue.

Odinga specifically inquired about measures to safeguard farmers’ harvests and evacuation plans for residents in landslide-prone areas, as well as other flood mitigation strategies. 

In response, the County Government of Nairobi outlined a set of measures on Sunday to address the impacts of El Nino.

“In response to this looming threat, Nairobi City County has devised a comprehensive disaster management plan to address the anticipated impacts and support the citizens in responding effectively to the crisis. Collaboration between government agencies, local communities, and relevant stakeholders will be crucial in ensuring a successful disaster management plan,” read part of the statement.

A photo collage showing a section of Kenyans walking in the rain.


Kenya Met

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