A two-kilometre fault line has cut across farms, sparking fears among residents of Moi Ndabi area on the outskirts of Naivasha town, Nakuru County.

At least 16 families have moved to safe grounds after some of their crops sank and were swallowed in the phenomenon that started on Monday.

WATER

Several acres of Irish potatoes, wheat, beans and maize are feared to have been destroyed by the giant crack that was filled with water overnight.

It was not immediately clear where the water came from but it is suspected to be run-off from the heavy rains pounding various parts of Kenya.

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Some houses are at the risk of collapsing at Moi Ndabi area. PHOTO | COURTESY

A section of Marmanet river has also changed its course and its water is suspected to have drenched the fissure.

The change of course has paralysed transport on Kijabe Road in Moi Ndabi.

Local government officials asked locals to move to safe grounds as geologists and experts investigated the cause of the huge fissure.

Moi Ndabi fault lines

A section of Marmanet river has also changed its course and its water is suspected to have drenched the fissure. PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The crack is similar to the one that cut across sections of Mai Mahiu weeks ago.

Naivasha assistant county commissioner Joseph Opondo on Tuesday urged affected families to be cautious.

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The giant crack is estimated to be 20-foot deep. PHOTO | COURTESY

“The heavy rains pounding this region have contributed in a way to the fault line,” said Mr Opondo.

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