Floods have claimed the lives of 10 people in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
Kenya media reports a heavy downpour that drenched the capital on Monday leaving most the areas flooded, houses and cars submerged and lives lost.
Eight people died when a mosque’s perimeter wall gave way after the persistent pounding, collapsing on shanties in Fuata Nyayo in South B estate, according to NTV Kenya.
The two other victims were swept away by floods in Dagoretti and along Jogoo Road.
On Sunday, Governor Evans Kidero, flew to Qatar for the Doha Forum where he is seeking funding to upgrade the drainage system.
“Evans Kidero left for Doha, Qatar yesterday to seek assistance from the Qatar government to repair the city’s 50-year-old drainage system whose capacity has been outweighed by the current population,” he said in a statement.
Kenya Power managed to evacuate four families of employees living within the company’s Nairobi West substation to safety after it flooded Tuesday night.
The Company said electricity supply to some parts of Nairobi was also interrupted after two of its substations were submerged.
Kenya Power General Manager for Infrastructure Development, Engineer Benson Muriithi, is quoted by Daily Nation saying the two submerged substations located in Nairobi West and Karen (near Bomas of Kenya) were switched off to protect equipment from possible damage and for safety reasons.
Areas affected by the switch-off include sections of Langata, Hardy Estate, Bogani Road, Magadi Road, Bomas of Kenya area, South ‘C’ Estate, South ‘B’ Estate, Nairobi West, parts of Industrial
Area, Madaraka Estate and parts of Upperhill.