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Kenya power shuts two substations in wake of Nairobi floods

Electricity supply to parts of Nairobi was interrupted Tuesday night after two Kenya Power substations were flooded following heavy rains that pounded the city.

The company’s general manager for infrastructure development, Benson Muriithi, said the two submerged substations located in Nairobi West and Karen (near Bomas of Kenya) were switched off to protect equipment from possible damage and for safety reasons.

The submerged substation in Nairobi West. PHOTO | COURTESY
The submerged substation in Nairobi West. PHOTO | COURTESY

Areas affected by the switch-off include sections of Langata, Hardy Estate, Bogani Road, Magadi Road, Bomas of Kenya area, South C Estate, South B Estate, Nairobi West, Parts of Industrial Area, Madaraka Estate and parts of Upperhill.

Mr Muriithi said the Company evacuated four families of employees living within the Nairobi West substation to safety following the incident.

“The good news is that much of the waters have receded in both substations by this morning; our engineers will later assess and test equipment later before restoring supplies in the course of day,” he said.