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Madness ensues as rains pound Nairobi

Overnight rains inflicted some indignities on Nairobians trying to get to work on Monday morning. (Photo/Twitter)
Overnight rains inflicted some indignities on Nairobians trying to get to work on Monday morning. (Photo/Twitter)

There have been chaotic scenes on the streets of Nairobi on Monday morning after rains pounded the city for much of Sunday evening. Nairobians trying to get to work found themselves having to contend with flooded roads as a result of the city’s ineffective drainage system’s inability to keep up with the overnight deluge.

The Sunday night rains appear to have hit Nairobi’s South C area particularly hard with residents complaining that the torrents had turned roads into virtual rivers because of the poor drainage system.

And whose to blame for the ineffective drainage system? While some are quick to put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, a few Nairobians feel that perhaps we shouldn’t look too far from ourselves.

By Monday morning, some South C residents had christened the city’s newest geographical feature the “South Sea!”

And what’s a sea without a cruise ship? Albeit of the of the “Sonko Rescue Team” variety.

It’s not all bad news though especially for Nairobi’s cart operators who have found business opportunities amid the chaos caused by the rains.

More updates to follow.

About brain obara

Brian Obara is a lawyer and writer and the Nairobi County Editor for Kenya Monitor.


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