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One dead as Residential perimeter wall collapses in Ruaka Kiambu County

Following a tragic incident in Ruaka, Kiambaa Sub-County, Kiambu County, where a residential perimeter wall collapsed, claiming one life, investigations are underway. Heavy rainfall in the region is suspected to have contributed to the collapse. Kiambu County Governor, Kimani Wamatangi, visited the site to assess the situation and confirmed the incident.

Governor Wamatangi has mandated the evacuation of residents from the affected area while authorities conduct thorough investigations to assess the structural integrity of the buildings. He emphasized that no one will be allowed to inhabit these residences until investigations are complete and safety is ensured. Residents were given a two-hour window to gather essential belongings from their homes before the properties are sealed off.

Furthermore, three individuals sustained injuries as a result of the wall collapse, adding to the toll of damage caused by the persistent heavy rains affecting various regions. Kitengela town and its environs experienced severe flooding due to Saturday night’s downpour, leading to significant traffic congestion on the Nairobi-Namanga road and rendering feeder roads impassable. The blocked drainage systems have sparked frustration among residents.

The adverse effects of the heavy rains extend beyond Kiambu County. In Machakos County, the overflow of the Athi River inundated Kinanie, necessitating the rescue of 14 individuals, including 10 adults and 4 children, by the Kenya Red Cross Society. Moreover, a boating accident on Lake Baringo resulted in the rescue of 11 individuals, with five still missing.

Governor Johnson Sakaja of Nairobi County has taken steps to address the repercussions of the inclement weather. Collaborating with the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA), the county is ensuring the accessibility of roads and deploying emergency response teams to manage flooding in affected areas. Governor Sakaja urged residents, particularly those residing near riverbanks or in illegally constructed buildings, to evacuate promptly for their safety.

As various counties grapple with the challenges brought about by the rainy season, authorities are prioritizing public safety and implementing measures to mitigate risks associated with the extreme weather conditions.