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KeNHA shuts down Nairobi-Garissa A3 road over heavy rains

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The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has shut down the Nairobi-Garissa A3 road. The road has been shut down following heavy downpours that have resulted in massive flooding in regions heading towards Garissa.

“This poses a high safety risk to the road users. This road, therefore, shall remain closed until the flood waters subside and the damaged section is reinstated,” KeNHA said.

“The increased water has prompted an advisory that the Seven Folks Dams  are rapidly filling to near full capacity. The flooding at Mororo has compromised one lane of the road. This poses high safety risk to the road users.”

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KeNHA stated that the road shall remain closed until the flood waters subside and the damaged section is reinstated.

“This road, therefore, shall remain closed until the flood waters subside and the damaged section is reinstated. The Authority staff are on site ready to deal with the washout immediately after the waters subside. We urge road users to be cautious and avoid driving in the floodwaters,” KeNHA stated.

This came as heavy rains continue to pound the country, with much projected to be on the way. According to the Kenya Meteorological Department, the heavy rains are expected to continue in most parts of the country in the next seven days.

“Rainfall is expected to persist across the country, with particularly heavy rainfall anticipated in several regions including the Central Highlands, Western Kenya, Rift Valley, South-eastern lowlands, Coast, North-eastern, and North-western Kenya,” the department has announced.

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