Kirera Mwiti and Esther Mutinda @PeopleDailyKe
Three people have been confirmed dead as the ongoing rains continue to wreak havoc across the country. A student was killed by flash floods in Mai Mahiu, Naivasha while scores others remain uncounted for following the heavy rains.
Hundreds of passengers were also forced to spend the night in the cold after a faultline developed on a section of the Mai Mahiu-Narok road cutting it off on Tuesday night. At the same time, 56-year-old woman and a nursery school child drowned in Ilenye river at Ithumbi, Kitui county.
The boy is said to have been on his way home from Ithumbi Primary School when he was swept away by the flooded river while the woman, Kiluti Kyenza, is said to have drowned while on her way home from Ithumbi shopping centre.
Re-route traffic Mwingi police OCPD John Nyamu said they received they recovered the two bodies several hours apart. In Mai Mahiu, the busy road leading to Narok was cut off near Karima trading centre forcing police to reroute motorists heading to western Kenya to the longer Naivasha-Nakuru highway.
Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) advised motorists plying Bomet-Kisii route and its environs to use the Nakuru-Kericho-Kaplong road while those heading to Nairobi from Narok to use Narok-Nakuru road.
“The authority has dispatched a team of engineers to the ground to assess the situation and come up with temporary measures to restore traffic flow,” KeNHA said in a statement. Earlier, the floods had swept away five students from Governors Secondary School but two were rescued by their colleagues and rushed to Naivasha sub-county hospital.
Area Chief Zachariah Igeria said the heavy rains started at midday on Tuesday afternoon leaving a trail of destruction in farms and homes around the area. “Two students were rescued soon after the incident and we have recovered one body but don’t know the fate of the others but a search operation has been launched around the area,” he said.