A Murang’a road cut off by landslide

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Murang’a, Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Kiriaini – Kangema road in Murang’a county was on Wednesday made impassable after some parts were cut off by a landslide.

Motorists plying the road which also connects the upper part of Murang’a with neighbouring Nyeri County were directed to use alternative routes.

On Monday huge cracks emerged along the road near Kanjama trading centre which occasioned the land slide after a heavy downpour in the area on Wednesday night.

Murang’a County Commissioner Mr. John Elung’ata said the road will remain closed until proper repairs are done noting that the rehabilitation process may take quite a long time.

“The destroyed part of the road cannot be hastily done as rains are still being experienced in the area and there is need for redesigning it as some parts have been reduced into gullies,” noted the commissioner.

Families near the affected area were also forced to relocate to safer areas after their farms were also hit by landslides. Parts of Mathioya and Kangema sub counties have been adversely affected by landslides following heavy downpour experienced in the region since last weekend.

A local farmer Peter Thiong’o who neighbours Kanjama market was forced to relocate his family to a guest house in Kiriaini shopping centre after the cracks extended to his farm.

The need to relocate his family was after cracks from the road extended to his farm on Monday night following lightning and thunderstorms.

An official at Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) Engineer Joseph Wanjohi said many of the local roads were in a pathetic state and require urgent rehabilitation.

“Murang’a County requires in excess of Sh. 100 million facilitating repairs on sections of roads which have been destroyed by ongoing rains,” said Wanjohi.
Last week, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure Mr. James Macharia declared the Kangema- Gacharage road risky after incidence of mudslide in Marumi, Karega and Gachocho areas blocked parts of the road.

In the past two weeks, several families in Kigumo, Kiharu, Kangema and Mathioya constituencies have vacated their homes following the presence of threatening cracks.

Sections of Kiriaini- Kangema road which have been destroyed by landslides following heavy a downpour.

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