Nakuru open sewer lines pose health risk to slum residents
9 months ago, 14 Mar 14:45
More than 500 Families living in slums in Nakuru risk contracting of sanitation-related diseases as a result of incomplete and open sewer lines. Most of the homesteads in the low-end estates are surrounded by inefficient and leaking sewers discharging untreated effluent into the environment. The situation has now been compounded by the current long rains season. Most of slums areas mainly located on the lower sides of the town and are most likely to be hit by floods and possible disease outbreaks. The affected areas include Kaptembwa, Pondamali, Kwa Rhonda and Kivumbini among others. Residents are now worried over the broken sewer lines and possible disease outbreaks. POOR DRAINAGE The areas are also always affected by floods every rainy season due to poor drainage system and road network, leaving residents in fear of being displaced. The sight of raw sewerage has become common with sewer lines leaking as a result of heavy rains which experts say may last for the next one month. Residents claim that despite the history of floods repeating itself every year, the government has not made any effort to find a permanent solution. At Kwa-Rhonda estate for instance, next to the local dispensary is a wide trench that carries most of its waste from the uplands to the lower ends. MAKESHIFT BRIDGE The trench has found its way into one of the residential estates forcing residents to use a makeshift wooden bridge. It is the same bridge that school going children use. The trench poses a risk to the lives of more than 200 slum dwellers and according the residents, it brings waste all the way from Nakuru Town. The situation has subjected the residents to fear of displacement every time it rains. RESCUE CHILDREN Ms Nur Juma who has lived in the area for more than five years said many are the times she and her neighbours are called to rescue school children who fall into the trench while crossing. “We live in fear of being swept away especially when we realise that it is about to rain,” she said. Ms Truphena Mugasia, a resident, said the trench has been expanding over the past two years. Ms Amina Yusuf who lives in a house next to the trench narrated how two years ago two children were swept away by storm water while they were crossing the foot bridge and died. DIRTY FLOOD WATER According Ms Yusuf, the situation gets worse during the rainy season as the trench carries huge volumes of dirty water which floods the area. “We are worried that the rainy season is here again and we will have to bear with the same challenge we have faced before,” said Mr Mong’are. In Ponda-Mali estate we found Mr Peter Tuwei clearing a drainage system next to his house that was clogged with all forms of waste. He said he had to take the precaution ahead of the rains as the area is prone to floods whenever there is a heavy downpour. “I decided ...
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