Nairobi county begins to repair 17 bridges damaged by floods

A man attempts to remove iron sheets blocking a flooded bridge at New Valley Estate, Nairobi. [Peterson Githaiga, Standard]

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has said that they have started the reconstruction of bridges that were destroyed by floods.

Speaking during Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi, Sakaja said the country is grappling with challenges including loss of lives through floods. 

“We have 17 bridges that were affected by floods, and I can confirm to you Mr President that as we speak now, the reconstruction of those bridges has started to make sure our children can be able to go to school and cross over with ease,” he said.

The governor applauded the multi-agency approach that has been adopted in the search and rescue efforts of victims affected by floods.

He said the county government will evacuate Nairobi dam to prevent accidents.

“With the disaster that has befallen us, I think the public now appreciates even more the efforts that President William Ruto is making towards affordable housing which will be of great help,” said Sakaja.

He urged Nairobi residents not to go back to areas that have been affected by floods to prevent loss of lives as rains continue pounding the country.