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12 Monday, Dec 16 - Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke news New headache as RVR cancels routes To view VIDEO of the story, download the NMG PLAY android app on Google Play and scan the picture A view of Lunga Lunga Road in Industrial Area after rains pounded the area. Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews Cause. The firms says Friday rains damaged railway and needs a week for repairs ABIUD OCHIENG, NairobiNews @abiudochieng email@example.com FAITH NYAMAI, NairobiNews @faithnyamai firstname.lastname@example.org R ailway commuters will have to use alternative means after Rift Valley Railways stopped opera- tions on most city routes. This is after the weekend downpour, the heaviest so far damaged its railway according to the firm’s notice. It was not immediately clear the ex- tend of the damage, but RVR cancelled the Ruiru, Kahawa West, Dandora and Embakasi routes. The notice only indicated that RVR technicians would be working to resolve the situation for at least the oneweek the trains will be parked. “There is no chance that services will run normally as technical issues are being worked on,” said RVR Communication officer Collins Gatere. Increase fares Only the Syokimau commuter train will be operating. However, Kenya Railways Head of Cooperate Affairs Margaret Kawira said the trains departure time had been adjusted from 6:55am to 7:05am. This means the commuters will have to pay more for their fares on the road The lady in Pipeline Estate needed some help to cross the railway track. Below: A youth tries to create a path where a road existed in Mwiki. Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews where matatus increase fares at the slight sign of impending downpour. The weekend rain also affected air transport leading to the diverting aircraft scheduled to land at the Wilson Airport to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. A senior pilot said that more than a dozen planes were affected by the sudden change. Wilson Airport does not have an Instrument Landing System which guides an aircraft to a specified height without the pilot having to use visuals. Not authorised “So whenever we experience bad weather, the planes planning to depart have to wait until calm weather returns, and those arriving have to be diverted to JKIA,” said the pilot who cannot be named because he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). Motorists were also affected by the Collins Gatere: There is no chance that services will run normally as technical issues are being worked on” rain that started at 4pm and caused massive floods on roads. Jogoo, Outer Ring, North Airport, Lusaka, Juja, Enterprise and Mom- This motorcyclist had a challenge riding on the flooded road. Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews Heaviest downpour in months Nairobi recorded its heaviest rainfall in months from Thursday through to Saturday, according to the Kenya Meteorological Department. Between Friday 9pm and Saturday 9pm, the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport station recorded 61.1mm, almost two thirds of its monthly average of 99.8 mm. Over the same period, Wilson Airport station recorded 47.7 mm, more than half its monthly 88.3mm while Dagorretti station recorded the least amount; only 17.1mm against its monthly average of 100.8mm. The meteorologists however assured that the rains will start decreasing starting this week. basa roads were among the worst affected roads with traffic jams lasting for several hours. The Meteorological Department has however said that the worst is over predicting that the rains will decreasing this week. “It is a matter of the system reorganising itself and not necessarily climate change. According to our seasonal rainfall analysis from October 1 to November 30, Nairobi had a very depressed rainfall of below 30 per cent hence the prolonged rains way into December,” said the department’s director, Peter Ambeje. Friday’s heavy downpour damaged whole roads causing massive traffic snarl-up. Motorists were forced to use single lanes to avoid the flooded sections of the roads. Cuts across Several residential areas, including South C, South B, Pipeline, Tassia, Umoja, Donholm, Buruburu, Kahawa West, Huruma, Mathare North, Maringo and Jericho were also flooded due to poor drainage. Families living in Mathare slums near the Nairobi River which cuts across the shanties were forced to move to safer grounds after the river burst its banks. There were however no reported cases of fatalities or casualties.
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