Two die as floods cuts off Mombasa Garissa Highway

At least two children died Monday in Bura constituency of Tana River County after flash floods swept them away following heavy rains.

The bodies of the two children were retrieved from one of the main canals within the Bura Irrigation Scheme. They were said to have tried to cross a flooded area when they drowned.

The floods also swept away two culverts at Bilbil area along the Garissa-Mombasa Highway after the Walesa seasonal river broke its banks and poured its water onto the road.

Road transport along the Class B8 Highway was completely paralysed as the road was cut off and hundreds of passengers and motorists stranded all day as it was impossible to cross the stretch that had been cut off.

Tana Delta Deputy County Commissioner Chaka Nyamawi, who toured the area, confirmed that there was a traffic snarl-up on both sides of the road.

I have so far covered about one kilometre of the flooded stretch and I can confirm that the road is completely impassable, Mr. Nyamawi said in a telephone interview.

Tana North Officer Commanding Police Division Tom Okoth and Kenya Red Cross Manager for Tana River and Kitu Counties, Mr. Gerald Bombe, confirmed the deaths of two children.

Locals however reported that another three bodies � one belonging to a woman and two of children � were retrieved from the canal, but this was yet to be confirmed by the time of filing this story.

Passengers and bus crew members who spoke on phone urged the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to speed up the rehabilitation of the road between Madogo and Hola Towns, which they claimed had taken too long.

Tana River County officials travelling to Bangale for a public participation session on the County Budget Estimates were some of the people who were unable to reach their destinations following the floods.

Source: Kenya News Agency