Cars Swept Away As Flash Floods Hit

Motorists stranded on the Kisumu-Kisii highway on September 27, 2019.
Motorists found themselves stranded after one of the roads they plyed regularly was rendered impassable on account of heavy rains that caused flooding.

The flash floods affected the Ahero-Katitu road in Kisumu County after a heavy downpour in the county on the night of Wednesday, March 25.

Motorists in the Ayweyo, Kisumu county were asked to exercise caution as they traversed the route given the force of the floodwaters.

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A lorry that attempted the treacherous crossing was overwhelmed by the water and swept away. 

Motorists remained with little choice but to wait on the road to clear or seek an alternative route rather than risk crossing the flooded road.

Atieno Otieno, the Kisumu County Communications Director confirmed that there had been heavy rain in the county the previous evening that resulted in the flooding.

She provided, however, that the water was likely to clear quickly.

“It rained yesterday but it usually clears very fast,” she affirmed, adding, “When the rains come in, theres little you can do. You can’t control nature. But then the water flows back into the lake.”

She highlighted that it remained unclear whether the road had cleared as most officials who would be using that road were working from home.

“Nobody is working right now we are all at home,” Otieno stated.

“We are still checking whether the roads have cleared and if now the road is passable,” she added.

Motorists stranded on the Kisumu-Kisii highway on September 27, 2019.

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The Kenya Meteorological Departement had issued a warning of heavy rains on Tuesday, March 24 that would affect parts of Kenya.

Kisumu was one of the counties listed as areas of concern that would experience the flooding.

Residents had been warned to be on the lookout for floods in the affected regions.

“Residents in all the mentioned areas are advised to be on the lookout for potential flash floods. They are advised to avoid driving through, or walking in moving water or open fields and not to shelter under trees or near grilled windows to minimise exposure to lightning strikes.” cautioned the statement from the Met Department.

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