Traders count losses as downpour wreak havoc in parts of Nyeri

Floodwaters occasioned by the ongoing heavy rains have reached dangerous levels in Nyeri as several rivers broke their banks leading to losses in business and damage of roads.

By Tuesday morning, some traders were counting losses following Monday ‘s heavy downpour that lasted close to four hours.

Two trucks ferrying cabbages and potatoes were swept by the raging floods as Rivers Mwiyogo and Honi in Kieni Constituency along the Nyeri-Nyahururu road broke their banks.

Isaac Muchiri, who was ferrying cabbages from Ndaragwa to Machakos was lucky to be alive together with his two loaders after his truck was swept off the road and overturned several meters off the road near Mwiyogo trading center.

Muchiri estimated his loss to be over Sh. 100,000 in terms of damage to his luggage and the vehicle.

Another truck driver, John Mwangi could be seen transferring his potato haul to another truck after his got stuck in the middle of River Honi after being swept off the road.

He said he had stopped temporarily on the road near the bridge waiting for waters to recede when his vehicle got swept away.

They appealed to the government to rectify those portions of the roads they said are prone to flooding whenever it rains and which if unchecked can lead to the road being cutoff.

By Samuel Waititu

Source: Kenya News Agency