Nyandarua residents treated to rare spectacle as ice falls from sky

Nyandarua residents touching the ice which fell overnight. The area has been experiencing heavy rainfall and flooding. [James Munyeki, Standard]
Residents of Engineer town and its environs were on Monday night treated to a rare spectacle after blocks of ice fell from the sky.

On Tuesday morning, the residents woke up to five huge pellets of which fell on grass in open area.

Pupils walking to school were the first ones to spot them. This attracted the attention of the crowd which gathered and surrounded the ice blocks. The residents photographed the foamy ice blocks, and some could be seen touching them out of curiosity.

"My child called me and said they had spotted clouds along Engineer Njabini road. When I moved in to check, I found huge pieces of ice that looked like clouds" said James Njenga, a resident.

Another resident Peter Mwangi said he heard hailstorms at night followed by lightning and did not suspect anything.

"I only came to know about it in the morning. This is a rare occurrence as there were no rains during the night," he noted.

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The area has of late been experiencing heavy rains followed by flash floods.

Two weeks ago, some twenty families were left homeless after their houses were swept away by flash floods at the adjacent Gachuha Village.

They have since been shifted to higher grounds.

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