August 23rd 2017

Society / Environment

Residents of Tala Town counting losses after heavy downpour

"We woke up in the morning and we shocked to find our houses and shops filled with water and we are holding the contractor constructing the Tala-Donyo Sabuk road for failing to build drainage," said Mr Muange, a resident and businessman.

By Oscar NdundaFriday, 07 Apr 2017 10:23 EAT

Photos showing some of the flooded areas in the town.

Residents and business people in Tala Town of Machakos County are counting losses after heavy downpour in the region on Thursday night caused water to flood into their premises and houses. Many residents woke up in the morning only to find their houses filled with water. The main link road on the Tala-Donyo Sabuk route was impassible, and residents blamed the contractor for poor workmanship and the county government for poor drainage system.

"We woke up in the morning and we shocked to find our houses and shops filled with water and we are holding the contractor constructing the Tala-Donyo Sabuk road for failing to build drainage. We also feel the county government needs to work on the drainage system because this is usually the norm when it rains," said Mr Muange, a resident and a businessman in Tala.

The residents urged the county government to move with speed and repair drainage systems in the town to avoid further damages and loss. They further reached out to the national government to build a dam within the area so as to harvest the water which is going into waste saying that the water could help them in the dry seasons.

The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press





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