Kenya Railways Ceases Commuter Services in CBD Station Over Floods

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If you are planning on catching a train from town to your preferred destination, you might as well cancel the idea and take a matatu instead. Commuters services by Kenya Railways in Nairobi CBD have been halted due to the heavy rains in Nairobi County and its environs, with a promise to the public that the services will be resumed soonest.

“Due to flooding at various sections of our corridor, we are unable to provide commuter services between our CBD station and commuter destination for safety reasons. We are working to restore the services as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused,” read a post in Kenya Railways Twitter Handle.

Yesterday, the state corporation announced that its afternoon commuter train from the CBD to its Nairobi Terminus will not be running due to the high water levels between Makadara and Imara Daima station. This happened a week after Kenyans using commuter service destined for Imara, Syokimau, Rongai, and Ngong were forced to seek alternative mean of travel after the train halted its evening operation after a section of the line between CBD and Syokimau stations were submerged due to heavy rains rendering the line impassable.

In the last two months, floods have wreaked havoc countrywide claiming the lives of more than 100 people with West Pokot being the most affected county. According to the weatherman, the rainfall that is being experienced in the country has led to overflows in most of the rivers and the grounds are easily saturated with waters. The rainfall is expected to continue for the entire period but with occasional breaks. Flooding and landslide may, therefore, be triggered by any substantial amount of rainfall in low lying areas and hilly grounds and the public is advised to be alert.