In Summary
  • Police have issued an alert for motorists to use alternative routes.
  • KeNHA has dispatched a team of engineers to assess the damage and come up with a temporary measurers to restore traffic.

A student has been killed and Narok town cut off as a result of heavy rains pounding the Rift Valley region

Floodwaters on Tuesday evening swept away Lucy Gathoni, 16, as she walked home on Maai Mahiu-Narok road from Governor Secondary School in Longonot.

OVERPOWERED

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.

The floods made a section of the road sink 15 metres deep at Suswa, leaving motorists stranded.

Vehicles from Nairobi were diverted to Nakuru while those from Nyanza take Kericho route. PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The Kenya Highways Authority said in a statement that the road, six kilometers from Narok town, developed a fault line stretching 200 metres, completely cutting off the Maa town.

The road is a busy highway that connects Nairobi to the South rift, the world famous Maasai Mara game reserve, Luo Nyanza.

It is also an alternative route to the neighbouring Tanzania through Isibania in Migori County.

Traffic commandant Samuel Kimaru said police had issued an alert for motorists to use alternative routes.

Maai Mahiu-Narok

On March 14, 2018, floodwaters swept away a section of the Maai Mahiu-Narok road leaving motorists stranded. The road has been cut off, again. PHOTO | FILE |NATION MEDIA GROUP

All motorists heading to Bomet, Kisii and its environs were advised to use Nakuru-Kericho-Kaplong road, while those going to Nairobi from Narok were asked to use the Narok-Nakuru-Nairobi road.

KeNHA said it had dispatched a team of engineers to assess the damage and come up with a temporary measurers to restore traffic.

Perennial flash floods have become the order of the day in Suswa for the last one week, causing a massive traffic jam and inconveniencing motorists.

Whenever it rains, floodwaters from the Suswa Escarpment roar down the hills to the lower lying areas.

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