The residents of Kakamega are from time to time prone to floods. Being a remote area from the capital, the area has limited access to urgent solutions when such destructive rains fall. The Standard reports that lives have been lost while crossing River Nzoia since the locals have turned to using inflated tires while reaching the other side.
“Sometimes the tyre bursts when we are halfway across the river which endangers my passengers’ lives. When this happens, my two colleagues and I are forced to help them yet we do not have swimming aids or diving equipment. Also, the long hours spent in the cold water are taking a toll on me, causing me chest problems and I now fear getting pneumonia,” says a man who has used his innovative mind to help his neighbors.