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Get used to flooding and blocked drainage in Nairobi, more rain is coming

The Meteorological Department has advised residents of Nairobi to expect more short sudden rains throughout the month of December.

And with the short rains, Nairobians will have to get used to flooding and blocked drainage systems which are synonymous with rainy seasons in the city.

This was the case early Saturday morning, when rains pounded the city from as early as 5am till around 9am, leaving most city roads flooded.

Vehicles navigate a flooded section of Tom Mboya Street right outside Ambassadeur Hotel on December 8, 2018, following sudden rains which pounded the city. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Vehicles navigate a flooded section of Tom Mboya Street right outside Ambassadeur Hotel on December 8, 2018, following sudden rains which pounded the city. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Piles of garbage were also swept into the streets from overflowing sewers spewing from open lines.

Tom Mboya Street, Luthuli Avenue, Munyu Road were the worst hit streets in the city’s CBD with sections of these roads completely flooded.

A street boy scavenges a pile of garbage at Kaloleni Estate along Jogoo Road on December 8, 2018, following sudden rains which pounded the city. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
A street boy scavenges a pile of garbage at Kaloleni Estate along Jogoo Road on December 8, 2018, following sudden rains which pounded the city. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

Many city estates were not spared either, with uncollected garbage being scattered all over by the flowing rain water, as was the case in Kaloleni estate.

Raw sewage from open leaking lines at Muthurwa market also overflowed to the busy Landies Road.

A spot check by Nairobi News revealed that situation was worsened at the busy market due to lack of a common garbage collection point.