Bodies Retrieved From Nairobi Slum as Rains Wreak Havoc – Video

Police officers on Monday retrieved two bodies from Ngong River after floods wreaked havoc at Mukuru slum in Nairobi.

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In one of the two cases, a woman’s body was found inside the river at Mukuru-Kwa-Reuben Slum in Embakasi South. The other victim is said to have been running a butchery next to the riverbank.

According to the Nairobi police boss Philip Ndolo, the police had mobilized resources to patrol the city and ensure endangered residents are safe.

He, however, cautioned the residents to relocate to safer places after the Kenya Meterioliogical Department warned of more rains.

According to reports, more than 120 people have been killed and 160,000 others displaced countrywide. This includes, nearly 18000 others who have been affected by floods or landslides since the onset of the short rains in October.

Despite the heavy downpour which was experienced over the weekend in the city, the weatherman has warned of more rain in the coming days.

The city’s archaic drainage system was once again overstretched, with major roads flooding, more so in Westlands and South C areas, with several buildings marooned in water. The worst-hit being the Aga Khan hospital where operations stalled due to flooding.

“We have activated our emergency response protocols to ensure the safety of all patients, staff and visitors and see to it that there is minimal disruption of operations. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this extraordinary and unexpected act,” said the hospital in a statement.

The met department attributed heavy rains being experienced in most parts of the country to sea surface temperatures anomalies in the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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Heavy rains leave a trail of destruction across the country

According to the department, some areas which are expected to receive more than 50mm include Kisii, Narok, Nyeri and Nakuru Counties.

They have cautioned that the heavy rains are likely to cause flooding in low lying areas and mudslides in Mt. Kenya region and hilly areas of Western Kenya.

However, the rains are expected to subside in the last week of December.

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