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Two injured, transport paralyzed after landslide hits parts of Murang’a

Sections of Kangema – Kigumo road blocked by debris following heavy rain which was experienced in many parts of Murang’a County on May 14, 2018. Photo by KNA.

A watchman of a Murang’a coffee factory  was seriously injured after he was hit by landslide debris, when he was on duty.

Thomas Mwangi who is recuperating at Murang’a County hospital was manning Marumi Coffee factory in Kigumo area, when landslide struck a section of the factory, leading to destruction amounting millions of shillings.

In the neighborhood, a three-year old baby is nursing injuries in a local hospital after their house was hit by mudslide at Gachocho area.

The heavy downpour  which was experienced in many parts of Murang’a county on Monday night also paralyzed transport along Kangema-Kigumo road after debris were dumped in various sections of the road.

Travellers using the road were forced to use alternative routes as the relevant authority embarks on the exercise of removing the debris.

The  Murang’a County Commissioner (CC), John Elung’ata said 15 families from Kigumo area were evacuated after cracks developed in their homes.

Elung’ata  noted that cracks are posing danger to lives of residents, saying the affected families have been taken to Mariira Agricultural Training Centre.

He advised travellers using the affected roads to seek for alternative routes, until the time the road will be confirmed safe for use.

Displaced families, he assured, will be provided with food and other necessities where they are hosted.

More than 25 families were displaced in Kahatia area of Kahuro Sub-County and other 47 families in Mathioya are hosted at Mutito Youth Polytechnic in Gitugi, area after their homes were affected by mudslides.

Three weeks ago, Murang’a lost five lives through landslides which struck parts of Kahatia and Gitugi.

By  Bernard  Munyao

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