Over 100 escape death narrowly as vehicles are swept by floods at Suswa
SEE ALSO :Heavy rains, flooding kill 12 peopleAlfred Oduor, who is among those who were rescued in the water counted himself lucky as the matatu was overturned by the huge floods. “I was heading to Nairobi from Narok to visit my family for the weekend and on reaching Suswa our vehicle which had 14 passengers was carried away. Luckily, there were people who were nearby who rescued us and we managed to come out unhurt though some lost their valuables,” said Oduor. Oduor is however appealing to the government to come up with a lasting solution to curb the perennial menace by building a bridge of raising the road and constructing huge culverts. Wesley Lang’at who was among the rescuers said they had to use ropes to rescue motorists and passengers who in the center of the floods. “Our vehicle was just behind a lorry that was swept and when we saw downstream we saw seven vehicles with people calling out for help. We reacted swiftly by throwing ropes to them where they tied themselves and we pulled all of them to safety,” said Lang’at.
SEE ALSO :Airport floods after heavy rainThe incident happened few kilometers from the where a huge crack that cut through the tarmac happened along the same route. Narok Governor Samuel Tunai who spoke at an event near the area said the government was deliberating on diverting the road to pass through Ngong-Suswa to Narok as a lasting solution to the natural phenomenon affecting the major highway. “We have proposed to the government that going forward we could like the road to pass through Ngong from Nairobi through Suswa. As Narok we are also working on two bypasses to ease congestion by vehicles coming from the highway,” said Tunai.