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Heavy rains causing mayhem in Nakuru

The ongoing heavy rains in Nakuru County have cut off roads in Rongai Sub-county, affecting transport in the area.

The County Executive Member (CEC), Infrastructure, Engineer Michael Kamau, said the County Government has begun installing High-Density Polyethylene pipes (HDPE) at Visoi Ward in Rongai Sub-county to allow optimal water movement, amid heavy rains.

Engineer Kamau revealed that the installation of HDPE pipes, has been occasioned by the formation of gullies at the Moricho-Bongoloia road, which has affected transport in the area due to the heavy downpour.

He added that the pipes will ensure all the storm waters are channeled through them and, in turn, maintain roads that connect schools, including Mawe Day Secondary, Moricho, Kanga, and Ng’esumin Primary Schools.

Engineer Kamau suspected that the area might have an underground fault line, emanating from the Menengai Crater, adding that there was a need for a thorough study to pinpoint the exact cause of the continued formation of gullies in the area.

However, the villagers blame the Geothermal Development Company (GDC), which has been excavating geothermal steam for electricity generation at the floor of the crater, for the continued formation of gullies across their sub-county. But the GDC Company has often dismissed the assertions of the villagers.

Over the weekend, Rigogo Village in the Rongai Sub-county got flooded, and over 40 families were affected, necessitating the County Disaster Management team to donate food for the victims.

Early last month, deep gullies that drew the attention of the entire country formed at the Kiamunyi Estate, which is also located in the Rongai Sub-county.

By Veronica Bosibori

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