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

Children wade through muddy water mixed with garbage at Kaloleni Estate along Jogoo Road on December 8, 2018, following sudden rains which pounded the city. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Children wade through muddy water mixed with garbage at Kaloleni Estate along Jogoo Road on December 8, 2018, following sudden rains which pounded the city. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU
Nairobians will have to get used to flooding and blocked drainage systems with more short sudden rains expected in December.

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.

 

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FRANCIS NDERITU

FRANCIS NDERITU

They say anyone can be a photographer until you get to the "manual" setting, the art and passion that such a career brings forthwith is what makes photography the best career choice one can make. Been doing this since 2009 and it has been the best decision ever.

My work at Nairobi News involves proving online digital content from pictures and videos ranging from different topics and situations one comes across. Events happening around from concerts, art shows, exhibitions and all there is when it comes to entertainment.

Francis Nderitu is a Nairobi-based photographer with an extensive career in media. Currently working as an online photographer for Nation Media Group website Nairobi News. Having an eye for pictures is the art behind being an amazing photographer, I see myself not just being amazing but also amazed at what one can achieve in a matter of seconds when you click your camera.
I like to think as a photographer, you see an image, freeze it in your mind then click away. The feeling of creating art from your images is what gives me pleasure in my line of work.



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