Family displaced as rains pound Makueni County


A family is spending in the cold after their rented house capsized following day long rains in Emali Town, Makueni County.

On Wednesday, what used to be the rented home of Ms Milka Kanini’s family in the busy town had been reduced to a pond of solid waste after its floor, built atop a pit latrine, gave in to the rains and sunk.

Residents said that heavy rainfall that started pounding the area on Tuesday, went on for more than 8 hours and submerged Masai estate in the busy urban centre, and sinking Ms Kanini’s house and leaving sludge in several others.

When Nation visited the estate on Wednesday, Ms Kanini’s clothes and other household items were floating in the flood water.

“When I got home on Tuesday evening, I found neighbors milling around the plot, casting suspicious glances at me,” said Ms Kanini, a market cleaner.

She added: “We have been spending at neighbors’ places since everything we owned has been washed away.”

She said she had lost property of approximately more than Sh100, 000 in the tragedy.

Residents blame the ongoing construction of the new railway line for the tragedy.

Mr Kibwana Muchande, a caretaker of the iron sheets houses said that an earth embankment on the Standard Gauge Railway project had directed water into the estate, ending in the latest tragedy.

Similar sentiments were expressed by a Mr Kirimi, the land lord who told Nation on phone that he was not remorseful for having built a rental house a top a pit latrine.

“For the over 30 plus years that this house has been here, we have not experienced this situation until China Road and Bridge Corporation erected an impervious embankment here,” said Mr Kirimi, who refused to divulge his first name.

Acknowledging the role of the new railway line in the flooding, Mr Joseph Gitau, a Kenya Railway Corporation liaison officer in the project undertaken by CRBC said: “We shall create temporary drainage channels to the affected areas.”