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Residents flee homes following fault lines

A  section of residents of Moi Ndabi village in Naivasha Sub County are fleeing their homes after new fault lines started developing in the area.

Many  claimed that they could not stay in their homes following cracks that are now widening by the day with schools and other social amenities being most affected.

It   was not clear whether the fault lines developed as a result of the ongoing rains or a geological phenomenon as was witnessed last year in some parts of the Rift   Valley.

The residents through their spokesperson, who is also a local leader, Kiroket  Membarin said the cracks began to develop on shallow trenches and widened as flood waters swept the soils.

Membarin  added that this was not the first time the lines had developed, saying last year the same happened resulting in a number of families being displaced.

He  said geologists from various institutions, including those from University of Nairobi visited the village last year but their findings were never made public and no action has been taken to mitigate the problem.

The  spokesman  however, noted that in the latest incident, the  fault  lines began on the southern part bordering Lake  Naivasha  and spread quickly to villages and farms leaving a trail of destruction.

Membarin  added that in the last five days the area has witnessed a heavy downpour and called on the government to move with speed and rescue them, saying they were now living in fear.

The  Area  Assistant County Commissioner (ACC), John Opondo said the fault lines were becoming a threat to the residents.

He  added that his office had informed the relevant government departments requesting that government officers visit the ground and advice on the way forward.

Opondo added that necessary precautions to ensure no lives are lost had been put in place.

The administrator said it was not clear if the lines had developed as a result of the ongoing rains or for other

scientific reasons adding that in adjacent villages of Tangi Tatu and Sero, floods from the ongoing rains had left a trail of destruction with crops that were ready for harvesting being uprooted.

By  Esther  Mwangi/Hannah Wangui

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