• The wall had apparently blocked water drainage causing the collapse, officials said, adding that there are efforts to reconstruct the wall.
As officials are rushing to clear water drainage's over expected heavy rains in the city, the downpour on Tuesday evening caused the collapse of a perimeter wall at the Kabete Vet Lab.
Police said no casualties were reported in the incident. A section of roads were flooded following the rains.
The wall had apparently blocked water drainage causing the collapse, officials said, adding that there are efforts to reconstruct the wall.
Several counties are meeting to prepare for the expected rains.
For instance, the Nairobi County government unveiled a preparedness plan for the El Nino predicted by the Kenya Meteorological Department.
Siaya Governor James Orengo met multi-agency teams to discuss measures to address the expected chaos.
Kenya Meteorological predicted that heavy rains will be experienced in many parts of Kenya from September 2023 to January 2024.
In preparation for the rains, the Nairobi County government has put in place a marshal plan to ensure the safety of city residents amid the heavy downpour.
“The first and most important measure is the cleaning and draining of our drainages to avoid flooding. The recruitment of 3,500 environmental officers to clean and unclog the drainages goes a long way to ensure our preparedness for the El Nino rains,” Governor Johnson Sakaja said while unveiling the County’s plan on Monday.
He said he had asked the directorate in the construction sector to map out unsafe buildings, where residents will be evacuated before the flooding begins.
“We will identify buildings that pose a flooding threat and we will act accordingly, without fear or favour,” he said.
The county is setting up an emergency number for residents to report El Nino emergencies.
“We have bought 27 new work trucks, fire trucks, flushing units, ambulances, excavators and exhausters,” Sakaja said.
The county has also committed to reducing ambulance response time to nine minutes. Among others, major drainage will be unclogged in a multi-agency exercise.
Major slums will be targeted in the exercise.