Wall Collapses on 4 Cars Next to Kitui Governor’s Office [PHOTOS]


Motorists residing at an apartment in Kitui County are counting losses after a perimeter wall collapsed on four vehicles.

The vehicles, all personal cars ranging from Toyota to Subaru, were parked outside the storey-building bearing the name Kafel Apartment which borders Kitui Governor Julius Malombe’s administration block.

Reports indicated that the collapse was caused by heavy rains which pounded the county on Monday.

All the cars were badly damaged from the impact of the concrete wall which showed smashed windows, mangled bodies and totally shattered rear windshields.

Four cars damaged after wall collapses in Kitui.

Photo

Joshua Muimi

It is, however, unclear whether property within the compound of the governor’s administration block were also damaged.

Experts reckon that wall collapses after a heavy downpour are highly likely caused by poor drainage around the structure or poor structural engineering.

In the case of poor drainage, water collects against a concrete foundation and retaining walls. Over time, the water may build up the volume to cause problems attributable to lateral and hydrostatic pressure.

The damage came at a time when Kenya Meteorological Department cautioned of increased rainfall with El Nino season expected to last between October and December. In some regions, the effect will still be felt in January 2024.

In a weekly update on Tuesday, the department listed areas expected to experience storms as well as those wreathing under high temperatures that have hit 30 degrees Celsius.

The department revealed that rainfall is expected to continue over several parts of the country between Tuesday, October 17 and Monday, October 23.

As a result, some areas including the Highlands East and West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, North-eastern and North-western Kenya will experience isolated storms in the week under review.

Earlier, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) issued guidelines to Kenyan citizens over the impending El Nino.

The authority warned of potential flooding in select sections and asked Kenyans to be cautious of their environment.

Citizens were also warned to avoid areas prone to flooding and landslides including riparian land and hilltops.

Four cars damaged after wall collapses in Kitui.

Photo

Joshua Muimi

Four cars damaged after wall collapses in Kitui.

Photo

Maxwell Muyayi





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