Naivasha: At lease 400 families escape death as Marumanet Dam in Ndabibi bursts its banks

Over 400 families escaped death narrowly in Ndabibi area of Naivasha after a dam in the nearby Eburru forest burst its banks flooding several villages.

During the midnight incident, the families mainly in Central trading center were displaced and property worth millions of shillings destroyed by the gushing waters.

Marumanet Dam which at one time supplied water to area residents spilled the water which in turn swept away homes and roads in the area located 60kms from Naivasha town.

The incident came two days after the county government donated food stuff and personal effects to over 400 residents earlier displaced by River Marumanet.

According to area MCA Gathariki Kamanu, no one had died following the tragedy but property worth millions of shillings had been destroyed.

The Maella MCA said that a head count had been planned for later in the day as the affected families started relocating to higher grounds.

“The dam burst it’s banks in the night sweeping away logs and soil downhill and in the affected families are camping at Moi Ndabi secondary school,” he said.

Naivasha sub-county commissioner Mathioya Mbogo was however quick to note that no lives had been lost during the incident.

He noted that they were working with the county government in assisting those affected by the rains which have continued to wreck havoc in various parts of the country.

“The dam inside Eburru forest burst its banks sweeping everything on its way and fortunately no life has been lost,” he said.

One of the local leaders Stephen Mungai called for urgent help to assist then affected families terming the disaster as he largest ever in the area.

“We have never witnessed anything of the kind in the past and this families have lost literally everything and thus the need to urgently assist them,” he said.

A victim Ann Wanjiku narrated how they wer woken up by loud sound only to find their houses and farms flooded by water.

“We rushed to rescue our children and rushed to higher grounds as the floods were sweeping everything on it’s way,” she said


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