Residents flee homes over Mai Mahiu crack

Tens of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and farmers have started fleeing their homes after the fault line that had cut the Mai Mahiu-Narok road started to widen.

The group has been forced to seek alternative areas to put up shelters with the fast-expanding line destroying crops on the farms. They accused both the county and national governments of doing little to arrest the situation while concentrating on the section of the road that was cut off.

Speaking to the press, the group’s representative, Martin Mwangi said they were concerned over the state of the fault line that is expanding by the day. He said tens of acres of farms have been affected and called for quick action from relevant authorities to stop its spread.

His sentiments were echoed by a farmer, Grace Wangare, who said the line has made them incur heavy losses as plants have been destroyed.

“This area was heavily affected by drought and invasion of wild animals and when the rains came and we planted then the line appeared and we have now lost our crops, we don’t know who to turn to,” she said.

Naivasha MP Jayne Kihara, who visited the area, expressed concern over the safety of families living in the surrounding areas. “Families have been advised to relocate to safer areas but the main issue is that they do not have any other home,” she said.

This came as the Geological Society of Kenya (GSK) said it was carrying out studies on the areas affected by the fault line across the Rift Valley.

GSK chairperson Gladys Kianji said there were reports of the lines developing in key areas including Nakuru, adding that their report will help plan infrastructural development in the regions affected.

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