Heavy rains pounding the country have washed away the Nairobi-Mombasa The Nairobi-Mombasa highway leading to its closure at Athi River.
Consequently, traffic has been diverted to Kangundo Road after a bridge was submerged in water following heavy rains.
Machakos Base Commander Abdinasir Harun said that the river broke its banks at Mto wa Mawe bridge, rendering the busy road that links the capital to Machakos and Mombasa impassable.
The heavy rains also caused flooding at the Green Park estate which is along the highway was flooded after River Athi broke its banks, with Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua saying that county emergency services had rescued over 50 people.
The governor further said that with the flood waters still rising, the road was likely to be closed until Friday.
“Our emergency assessment is that the highway will be cut off until tomorrow (Friday). The road is now closed,” Dr Mutua said in a Facebook post Thursday.
The closure of Mombasa road was just one in the many areas that experienced heavy rains.
In the capital, Nairobi, most raoads were rendered impassable and public transport disrupted for the better part of the day.
On Tuesday, rains washed off the Nairobi-Narok road forcing motorists to drive all the way to Nakuru.